The River Roch, which has been hidden underneath Rochdale town centre for more than a century, has been uncovered, alongside its historic bridge, as part of a wider £250m regeneration programme.
The bridge was built in the medieval period and expanded as the town grew, with sections dating back to the Regency, Georgian and Restoration periods.
By the early 1900s, the bridge and river had been covered over and they’ve been hidden from view ever since. But now they're on display once again, offering visitors a stunning historical attraction and an attractive place to sit and watch the world go by.
As well as giving visitors a glimpse of Rochdale’s glorious past, the project reduces the flood risk in the town centre. The opening will also re-naturalise the river and help attract new wildlife into the area. Brown trout, Kingfisher and Pied Wagtails have all been spotted.
360 degree view
Have a look at the re-opened river by taking a 360 degree tour
Regenerating Rochdale town centre
The Revealing the Roch project is part of the wider regeneration of Rochdale town centre, which has seen the creation of a number of new developments over the last 5 years. As part of this, a new shopping and leisure development known as Rochdale Riverside is expected to be complete in 2019.
The project has won:
- Excellence in planning for the natural environment at the national RPTI awards
- Outstanding project management in the Considerate Constructor Scheme awards
- The Green Apple award for environmental good practice
The £5m council scheme is supported by:
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- Environment Agency
- North West Regional and Coastal and Flood Committee