12 Facts About The Thames

1. The Thames was a natural progression of Blondey's first passion—drawing, art, collage.

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

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3. The Thames 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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4. The Thames was an important way to go between London and Westminster in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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5. The Thames 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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6. The Thames passes by some of the sights of London, including the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

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7. The Thames has 38 main tributaries including the rivers Thame, Pang, Kennet, Jubilee and Evenlode.

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

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9. The Thames 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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10. The Thames provided the major route between the City of London and Westminster in the 16th and 17th centuries; the clannish guild of watermen ferried Londoners from landing to landing and tolerated no outside interference.

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

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12. The Thames is host to some invasive crustaceans, including the signal crayfish and the Chinese mitten crab.

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