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A pictorial guide to

The River Thames in England
from source to sea

The River Thames seeps out of the earth in a Gloucestershire field near Cirencester. Two hundred and fifteen miles and six counties later, it is swallowed by the North Sea. The Thames is by far the best known river in Britain, although it is not the longest (the River Severn is 6 miles, 10 kilometres, longer).

Click here to begin your journey down the Thames

A voyage of discovery from source to sea
for children of all ages!

The Thames flows through London, the capital city, and has played a central role in British history for some 2000 years. From the Roman invasions of 43 BC to the turn of the millennium in AD 2000, some of the most famous events in British history have taken place on or near the Thames. These include the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, the plot to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605 and the Great Fire of London in 1666.

The importance of the Thames can be seen in the settlements that line its banks. Royal palaces, government buildings, great trading houses, market squares and river crossings all provide links with the past. Many of these settlements have changed little in hundreds of years. We have over 90 pages with 400 photographs showing you the towns and villages along the River Thames.

Click on the arrows to follow our virtual tour of the Thames from source to sea. Alternatively you can visit our contents page for a full list of places along the river.

Introduction to the Thames

(Click on Pooh in his boat, at the top of every page, to return to this page)

Start of Voyage down the Thames Contents Page Introduction
Facts about the Thames Flooding Thames Basin
Pollution Erosion Tributaries
Swan UppingSwan Upping - The annual Swan Census on the River Thames



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I left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant.
I now teach computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.