River Ems, Westbourne
River Ems, Westbourne

The River Ems is a much-sluiced, 6-mile (9.7 km) river of the far west of West Sussex which for its last 1.5 miles (2.4 km) delimits eastern Hampshire, before flowing into large, coastal Chichester Harbour. Its source is in Stoughton.[1] Along the county-limits part its west bank is the old town portion of Emsworth which has a museum, hospital and is largely pre-1900-built buildings. It is sometimes thought that the town of Emsworth derives it's name from that of the River Ems, this is not correct as before the 16th Century the stream was actually called the Bourne. The river was renamed by the 16th century chronicler Raphael Holinshed. Many of the towns and villages that the River Ems runs through or past still have Bourne as a suffix. eg:Westbourne.[2][3]

The Ems flows south west through Walderton as a broad-catchment winterbourne.[1] It runs past:


  1. ^ a b Rudkin, David J. The river Ems and related watercourses. Westbourne : David Rudkin, 1984. 82p. : ill., maps, port. Catalogue entry from the British Library
  2. ^ Reger, A J C (1967). A Short History of Emsworth and Warblington. Portsmouth: Pott and Horsey. p. 17.
  3. ^ Holinshed, Raphael (1577). 1577, the firste volume of the chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande etc. London: Imprinted for Iohn Hunne. p. 21. OCLC 10105970.
  4. ^ *Brook Meadow Conservation Group "The River Ems and Its Related Watercourses"
  5. ^ OS Map of Sussex LX.6, Revised: 1896, Published: 1898

Coordinates: 50°54′13″N 0°51′08″W / 50.90363°N 0.85227°W / 50.90363; -0.85227