River Rea, Shropshire

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Coordinates: 52°22′59″N 2°28′19″W / 52.383°N 2.472°W / 52.383; -2.472

River Rea
River Neen
The River Rea, near Nineveh - geograph.org.uk - 461043.jpg
The Rea near Nineveh
CountiesShropshire, Worcestershire
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ location
confluence with River Teme
Basin features
 ⁃ rightPudding Brook, Rowley Brook, Mill Brook

The River Rea is a small river that flows through south east Shropshire, England and passes just to the east of the small market town of Cleobury Mortimer, before entering the Teme at Newnham Bridge in Worcestershire. Its waters eventually reach the Bristol Channel, via the Severn; the upper stretch of the river is known as the Rea Brook (not to be confused with the Rea Brook which flows from Marton Pool to the River Severn in Shrewsbury). For a short stretch between Cleobury Mortimer and Neen Sollars the river forms part of the Shropshire-Worcestershire border.[citation needed]

It is crossed (at 52°23′15″N 2°28′44″W / 52.387401°N 2.478847°W / 52.387401; -2.478847) by the Elan aqueduct.[1]

The name of the river derives from a root found in many Indo-European languages and means "to run" or "to flow".[citation needed]

The historic or alternative name for the river is the River Neen and there are three settlements along its course which take its name: Neen Sollars, Neenton and Neen Savage.[2]


  1. ^ Bing aerial imagery; OpenStreetMap
  2. ^ Raven, Michael (2005) A Guide to Shropshire p 144

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