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The River Thames

Listed under River Trips in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom.

  • Photo of The River Thames
  • Photo of The River Thames
  • Photo of The River Thames
  • Photo of The River Thames
  • Photo of The River Thames
  • Photo of The River Thames
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In addition to London, the Thames flows through Oxford, Reading and Windsor, so was very important to the history of England, providing the first highway between major cities. During the 16th and 17th Century the Guild of Watermen controlled travel on the river, but by the 18th Century they had lost their monopoly and the Thames had become one of the world's busiest waterways.

Larger boats can still travel as far up the river as London Bridge, but most of the major traffic now docks at Tilbury. Running through one of the world's biggest cities means the Thames has been battling the problems of pollution and sewage for a long time, however a lot of effort has been recently put into cleaning it up and over the last 20 years many of the animals who once made the river their home have reappeared.

The Thames is referred to in a lot of well known literature and art, most notably in the Jerome K. Jerome book “Three Men in a Boat”, which describes a trip up the Thames, and in Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows”. The Thames source is located at Thames Head near Cirencester and the mouth is at the Thames Estuary at Southend-on-Sea.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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