River Roach


River Roach

The River Roach is a river that flows entirely through the English county of Essex. It flows through the town of Rochford and joins the River Crouch at Wallasea Island.

Rochford takes its name from Rochefort, Old English for Ford of the Hunting Dogs. The River Roach was originally called the Walfleet (Creek of the foreigners). It was renamed the Roach in what is known as a back formation. This is where it is assumed that Rochford means ford over the River Roach so they renamed the river to fit the theory.

The Roach starts somewhere near Rayleigh and flows in an easterly direction through Eastwood & Rochford (where it becomes tidal). It eventually meets the River Crouch at Wallasea Island.In the upper reaches of the river, fish such as Chub, Roach & Eels can be found.

See also

*Wallasea Island


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