The River Lemon

    The River Lemon is 16km long  Its source is on the south east side of Dartmoor near Haytor, it then joins with the River Sig and the Langworthy Brook at Sigford, passes the village of Bickington. Lower down it is joined by the Kestor Brook and then it  flows through the woods in Bradley Valley passing the manor house.  It is after this that it flows through Newton Abbot, passing through a 400 metre long tunnel below the town centre. Just below the town the river joins the River Teign near the head of its estuary.

    The River Lemon has been known to cause floods to Newton Abbot.

    * 19th Dec1853

    * Nov 14th 1894 -

    * Aug 6th 1938 - During this year the summer had been very dry and as a result the river was low.  However as a result huge thunder storms known as the 'worst storm' in living memory caused flooding which damaged the town centre.  After this flood it was decided to build a culvert in order to allow the water from the river to pass under Newton Abbot.

    * Dec 27th 1979 - This flood caused millions of pounds worth of damage to Newton Abbot.  It was caused by too much water in the Channel & Estuary which allowed the culvert to overflow.