River Arrow, Warwickshire
The Arrow is a major tributary of the Avon. In the Dark Ages it may have given its name to one of the groupings listed in the Mercian Tribal Hidage, the Arosæte, albeit that this tribe might have been on the Herefordshire Arrow.
The river flows through Cofton Hackett, then it then feeds Lower Bittell Reservoir and escapes to run through Alvechurch before passing into Warwickshire just before the Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch.
The Arrow then flows through the small market town of Alcester and is joined by its largest tributary the River Alne. The river continues south through the village of Arrow where it still drives the waterwheel at the converted Arrow Mill, and then through the small villages of Wixford and Broom.
In 1998 the river flooded for the first time since 1956 spilling over its defences and flooding a large part of Alcester.
The river burst its banks again during the night of 20/21 July 2007 flooding about 112 homes in Alcester. It breached the defences by Gunnings Bridge in Alcester and a large torrent of water flowed through the town and ponded about one foot deep at the bottom of the High Street and Stratford Road.
- Location map of the river mouth: 52°9’18"N, 1°52’51"W