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The river Aire. Ben Merrett. Where is it?. It’s one of Yorkshire’s main rivers Source at Malham Tarn Passes through Leeds City Centre It ends in the bigger river Ouse This means the Aire is a tributary. It’s origins. We can trace it’s origin back to 1704, over 310 years ago

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the river aire

The river Aire

Ben Merrett

where is it
Where is it?
  • It’s one of Yorkshire’s main rivers
  • Source at Malham Tarn
  • Passes through Leeds City Centre
  • It ends in the bigger river Ouse
  • This means the Aire is a tributary
it s origins
It’s origins
  • We can trace it’s origin back to 1704, over 310 years ago
  • Some of the river is canalised
  • In places, the river is hidden underground out of sight
  • It’s 71miles (144km) in length
where it got it s name
Where it got it’s name
  • It is not very clear what Aire means but some suggestions are:
    • Strong river, or
    • Strife or fight, or 
    • Shallow water
  • I personally think as it’s a big river that it would be strong and wild
past and present use
Past and present use
  • Locks were created between Knottingley and Leeds to allow boats to travel along the river
  • In the older times the river carried coal in compartment boats called “Tom Puddings!”
  • later use AKA now, it carries oil and sand
  • It is now supposed to be a pleasant place for a walk or hike
canalise
Canalise
  • Canalise means when about half way through it turns into a canal

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