Object Detail

Object Name
A preserved and cased Roach caught by AE Hobbs in the River Thames on the 10th September 1895 weighing 2lbs 0.5oz. Best fish of 21 weighing 28lbs.

Hobbs was born in New Street, Henley in 1871 and lived in Henley all his life. Whilst working as an architect for Brakspear brewery in the 1930's he was responsible for designing many local pubs.

Hobbs claimed to have caught almost 900 Thames Trout, each over 3 lbs in weight, in 55 years of fishing. He fished in the non-tidal reaches of the Thames.


Latin Name - Rutilius rutilus

Colour - Roach varies in colour but usually the back is dark bluish green, its sides are blue or silvery and its belly is white. Its dorsal (back) fins are greyish brown and the other fins are reddish. The iris of its eye is red.

Size - Roach usually weigh about 500g (11lb) and are 15-25cm (6-10in) long.

Characteristics - A roach is a member of the carp familiy and can live for 12 years.

Diet - It eats both animal and plant material. In the winter it feeds less and during spawning (production of eggs) it does not feed.

Habitat - Roach live in slow flowing rivers and in shoals (groups). Is is one of the most common fish found in the Thames.

How fished for - It is a popular fish for anglers and can be caught with maggots and worms and usually by float fishing.

Interesting Facts - The roach is one of the easiest fish to age by the pattern of growth rings on its scales.
Accession No
River Thames
Associated Person
Associated Date
10 Sep 1895
Associated Period
19th century
10 Sep 1895