River Roch

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Coordinates: 53°33′43.95″N 2°18′2.65″W / 53.5622083°N 2.3007361°W / 53.5622083; -2.3007361
River Roch
River
River Roch after heavy rain 2.jpg
Flowing under one of the world's widest bridges
Country England
Districts Littleborough, Rochdale, Heywood, Bury
Tributaries
 - left Tack Lee Brook, Naden Brook, River Spodden, Hey Brook, Ash Brook, Featherstall Brook, Town House Brook
 - right Parr Brook, Hollins Brook, Wrigley Brook, Millers Brook, Sudden Brook, Moss Brook, Stanney Brook, River Beal, Ealees Brook, Greenvale Brook, Chelburn Brook
Source
 - location Chelburn Moor
Mouth
 - location River Irwell, Radcliffe
 - coordinates 53°33′43.95″N 2°18′2.65″W / 53.5622083°N 2.3007361°W / 53.5622083; -2.3007361
River Roch
Chelburn Moor
Light Hazzles Brook
Chelburn Brook
Rochdale Canal
Roch Aqueduct over Caldervale Line
Reddyshore Brow
Greenvale Brook
Town House Brook
Halifax Road (A58)
Ealees Brook
Railway Street
Cutland Way
Featherstall Brook
Smithy Bridge Road (B6225)
Clegg Hall Road
Ash Brook
River Beal
Albert Royds Street (A664)
Belfield Road
Stanney Brook
Hey Brook
Moss Brook (Culvert)
Molesworth Street (A671)
Smith Street (B6266)
South Parade (B6266)
The Esplanade (B6266)
St Marys Gate (A58)
To College Road
River Spodden
Mellor Street (A6060)
Half Acre Bridge/Roch Valley Way (B6452)
Sudden Brook
Crimble Lane
Millers Brook
Queens Park Road
Bamford Road
Naden Brook
Wrigley Brook (Culvert)
Bottom O'Th'Brow
Tack Lee Brook
Heap Bridge/ Bury New Road (A58)
M66 motorway
Waterfold Business Park
East Lancashire Railway
Water Farm
Hollins Brook
Blackford Bridge/Manchester Road (A56)
Parr Brook
River Irwell

The River Roch /ˈr/ is a river in Greater Manchester in North West England, a tributary of the River Irwell that gives Rochdale its name.

Course[edit]

Rising on Chelburn Moor (south of Todmorden in the Pennines), the river flows south through Littleborough towards Rochdale where it is joined by the River Beal at Belfield, and the River Spodden from Whitworth. Turning west it runs past Heywood and Bury before meeting the River Irwell just to the east of Radcliffe.

History[edit]

The Domesday Book records the name of Rochdale as Recedham, formed from Old English reced "hall", and ham "homestead". The name of the river is a back-formation from this Old English name. With time, the town's name changed to Rachedale and eventually Rochdale.[1] The name of the river Roch is /ˈr/, with a long o. The name of the town, however, is pronounced /ˈrɒtʃdeɪl/, with a short o.

The river has been culverted in Rochdale town centre since the early 20th century. This was built by the joining together of seven bridges to form one large bridge, making it one of the widest bridges in the world. Maintenance work was carried out on the bridge in the 1990s and the river was uncovered temporarily.[2]

Tributaries[edit]

Moving upstream from the Irwell confluence, the tributaries include the following:

Gallery[edit]

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