- River Rea
The River Rea (pronounced "ray") is a small
riverwhich passes through Birmingham, England. The name of the river derives from a root found in many Indo-European languagesand means "to run" or "to flow".
medievalhamlet of Birmingham was built on a crossing on the Rea in what is now Digbeth. It rises in Waseley Hills Country Parkand is a tributaryof the River Tame 14 miles downstream. The river's tributaries include Callow Brook, the Bourne and Bourne Brook. The river drops about convert|70|m|ft|0 in its first mile, but from then on has a very gentle slope. It frequently bursts its banks after heavy rain.
The river is now
culverted for much of its course through Birmingham, during which it passes through Cannon Hill Park. Wychall Reservoir, near the river at Cotteridge, was built in the early 1800s by the Worcester Canal Company after mill owners claimed that water was being taken from the river to fill the canaland reducing the working effectiveness of their mills.
There are proposals to include a riverside walk and new
bridgeover the Rea at Digbeth's Custard Factorymedia and arts complex. There are also proposals for the river to be uncovered at the Warwick Bararea of Digbeth.
Rivers of the United Kingdom
* [http://www.riverreatrail.org.uk River Rea Trail]
* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/52067454@N00/427326615/ Photo of the Rea at Fazeley St., Birmingham]
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