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The River Granta
River Granta
is the name of two of the four tributaries of the River Cam, although both names are often used synonymously. The Granta, starts near the village of Widdington
Widdington
in Essex
Essex
flowing north past Audley End House
Audley End House
to merge with the other contributary Rhee, which is also commonly called River Cam, a mile south of Grantchester. From source to its confluence with the Rhee it is 41.7 kilometres (25.9 mi) in length. A further tributary, also known as the Granta, runs 10 mi (16 km) from south of Haverhill to join the larger Granta south of Great Shelford. Another minor tributary is Bourn
Bourn
Brook which has its source near the village of Eltisley, 10 mi (16 km) west of Cambridge, running east through Caxton, Bourn
Bourn
and Toft to join the Cam at Byron's Pool. In many maps the river changes its name at the Silver Street Bridge in Cambridge
Cambridge
and is called "Granta" above and "Cam" below it. In earlier times even the lower part of the Cam was also named the Granta, but after the name of the Anglo-Saxon town of Grantebrycge had been modified to Cambridge, the river was renamed to match. Grantchester
Grantchester
and Granta Park
Granta Park
are on the river banks of the river Granta and their names refer to the river itself. Literature[edit]

Franz X. Bogner & Stephen P. Tomkins: The Cam. An Aerial Portrait of the Cambridge
Cambridge
River. Laber Foundation, 2015. ISBN 978-0-9932642-0-7 (http://www.cambridgeriver.info/).

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geograph – River Granta
River Granta
at Shelford

Coordinates: 52°21′N 0°16′E / 52.350°N 0.267°E / 5

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