River Roche, Rochdale

John Ratcliffe

With the Town Hall in the background.

This bridge is at the bottom of Yorkshire Street and was a ford in the time of my grandparents. In the early 20th century the whole of the town centre section of the river was bridged. At over a quarter of a mile wide, it entered the record books as the widest bridge in the world. A recent reworking opened up the river again, with much narrower bridges at strategic locations.

The Roche joins the Irwell near Radcliffe, which eventually connects to the River Mersey, the ancient boundary between Mercia and Northumbria.

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