10 Facts About The Thames River

1. The Thames River is crossed at a number of points, including 16 bridges in Greater London alone.

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2. The Thames River is navigable by small boat up to the town bridge of Cricklade, close to the source, though motor cruisers and barges must turn at Lechlade, 10 miles downstream.

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3. The Thames River is some 205 miles long, running 140 miles (226 km) from the source to the tidal waters limit—i.

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4. The Thames River supports a variety of wildlife and has a number of adjoining Sites of Special Scientific Interest, with the largest being in the remaining parts of the North Kent Marshes and covering 5,449 hectares.

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5. The Thames River passes by some of the sights of London, including the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

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6. The Thames River is mentioned in many works of literature including novels, diaries and poetry.

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7. The Thames River is the historic heartland of rowing in the United Kingdom.

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8. The Thames River is maintained for navigation by powered craft from the estuary as far as Lechlade in Gloucestershire and for very small craft to Cricklade.

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9. The Thames River had many castles built, including those at Wallingford, Rochester, Windsor and most importantly the Tower of London.

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10. The Thames River crossing was built at the site of London Bridge.

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