Commerce (river)

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Moulin vallot de Bolbec.JPG
The Bolbec at Vallot mill.
Country France
Basin features
Main source Pays de Caux
140 m (460 ft)
River mouth Seine
49°28′52″N 0°31′30″E / 49.48111°N 0.52500°E / 49.48111; 0.52500Coordinates: 49°28′52″N 0°31′30″E / 49.48111°N 0.52500°E / 49.48111; 0.52500
Progression SeineEnglish Channel
Basin size 160 km2 (62 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 15.5 km (9.6 mi)
  • Average rate:
    0.240 m3/s (8.5 cu ft/s)

The river Bolbec or Commerce is one of the rivers that flow from the plateau of the southern Pays de Caux in the Seine-Maritime département of Normandy into the Seine.
The river rises at Bolbec and passes Gruchet-le-Valasse, where its name changes to the Commerce. It then passes through Lillebonne and joins the Seine at Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon.


The Bolbec river at Bolbec

The river hosted many watermills that powered machinery to process both cotton and flax. The area became so prosperous it was named the Golden Valley.

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