SD8913 : The River Roch is briefly seen...but only briefly...

taken 21 years ago, near to Rochdale, Great Britain

The River Roch is briefly seen...but only briefly...
The River Roch is briefly seen...but only briefly...
In Rochdale's town centre, the River Roch has been covered over for very many years, so that there are none now alive who can remember it uncovered. By the end of the nineteenth century, industrialists had been pouring filth into the river to the extent that it had become a lifeless stinking ditch, and the river covering was seen as the solution. But now, almost all the pollution has been stopped, and real, live, fish have again been seen in the river. The Town Centre stretch was briefly exposed, together with part of the old bridge, when remedial work had to be done in 1996.
Rochdale could by now have had a lovely centre, the envy of other northern towns, with a clean, fresh river running freely through. But sadly there was not the vision or determination to open out the river - after all, it might impede motor traffic. As always happens, the Philistines won, and the river covering remains.
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SD8913, 490 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
May 1996   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 17 January, 2010
Category
River   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 896 134 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:37.0224N 2:9.5213W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 896 135
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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