- River Croal
River Croal RiverRiver Croal at Little Lever Country England Source - location the confluence of Middle Brook and Deane Church Brook Mouth - location confluence with River Irwell - coordinates Length 10 mi (16 km)
Rising at the confluence of Middle Brook and Deane Church Brook, it flows eastwards through Bolton, collecting Gilnow Brook and the larger River Tonge at Darcy Lever. Most of the river is culverted through Bolton town centre, running under Knowsley Street; Market Place and Bridge Street. Before 1836 the River Croal formed the boundary between the townships of Great and Little Bolton.
The river's name is derived from the Old English croh and wella, the winding stream. It was possibly originally called the Middlebrook along its entire length as early references mention the Mikelbrok, (mycel and broc), the great stream but not the Croal.
- Mills, David (1976), The Placenames of Lancashire, Batsford, ISBN 0 7134 5236 6
Ceremonial county of Greater Manchester Statutory City Region
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- Greater Manchester Statutory City Region
Metropolitan districts Major settlements
- Shaw and Crompton
See also: List of civil parishes in Greater Manchester
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