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. 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.
Racton Monument which has nearby in Racton hamlet the church for Lordington
A copse, Ractonpark Dell
the village of Westbourne, has the westmost section of the Ems, in Sussex. Westbourne receives a year-round brook from the north and that descends under the railway at Emsworth (in Hampshire), becomes tidal, drains Brook Meadow to Peter and Slipper Mill Ponds from where it discharges into the sea. At lower tides it helps forms at the head of Emsworth Channel in the harbour; its last few metres enable access to Emworth Marina, the other former tidal mill pond.
^ abRudkin, David J. The river Ems and related watercourses. Westbourne : David Rudkin, 1984. 82p. : ill., maps, port. Catalogue entry from the British Library
^Reger, A J C (1967). A Short History of Emsworth and Warblington. Portsmouth: Pott and Horsey. p. 17.
^Holinshed, Raphael (1577). 1577, the firste volume of the chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande etc. London: Imprinted for Iohn Hunne. p. 21. OCLC10105970.