Thames River image courtsey: ifa.hawaii.edu
“St. Lawrence is water,
is muddy water; Mississippi Thamesis liquid history”!
John Burns, 19th century politician.
Mr. Burns cannot be faulted for what he has boasted, Englishmen are so proud of their dear river they can talk about it to any length because they consider
Both were one and the same (
Long before the birth of history (about 50,000 years back) when
Westminster abbey image courtsey: hberlioz.com
It was on its laps of Father Thames, on a skiff (a small rowing boat) one middle aged man rowed three little girls and to entertain them told the stories about another little girl who had many trysts with fairies and ghosts. The story teller was Charles Dodgson who later became famous in the pseudonym Lewis Carroll and his young heroine was
Londoner be not proud, these monuments belong to the world.
Tower Bridge image courtsey: harris-interiors.co.uk
On the way locations of historic importance like Oxford University, Westminster Abbey, Tower-bridge, The London Tower etc (not just the wealth of Englishmen but to the whole world) all line up for a voyager through the river to behold.
It is just a trickle when starts from Kemble but in the course of 215 Miles there are tributaries to add strength and vigor to its flow. Avon river, Digman Creek, Jeanettes Creek, Mc Gregor Creek, Midway Creek being the prominent ones
Isle of Sheppey, Convey
Bridges. Dent Ford, Black wall Brdge, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Millennium, Westminster Bridge Marlow Bridge, Folly Bridge etc.
One river many use.
It depends only on one’s imagination to presume whether these monuments add glory to this river or the river or vice versa. Every thing is here because of the
Henley a small town on the banks of the
It was in 1858 the river got so polluted and the fowl smell which filled the entire are so much that the meeting of the House of Commons to be held at
The grand father has many stories to tell.
London Bridge image courtsey: ce.ntu.edu.tw
In early times the river
All have left their marks.
All the invaders who won the battles and took control of the land or those who got defeated and either vanished or just perished all have left their marks some where in the banks of the great river in one way or the other. Weapons belonging to stone, and iron ages have been recovered by the geologists.
There are plenty of facilities in the offering (by numerous agencies) like Boating, Kayaking, Yachting, etc. A voyage through this river is one over the pages of history where the characters are in suspended animation, those around are not just buildings, roads, bridges or streets, they are actors of a bygone drama having played their part in the events those changed the world, Each of them with a story or two to tell of the dramatic events which shook the world.