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River Thames

Description: The navigation runs 211 miles from Cricklade Bridge to the Open Sea. The first 135 miles, above Teddington, are non-tidal

History: The river has been used as a navigation from prehistoric times. Numerous Acts of Parliament have been passed relating to the river from as far back as 1423 and by the height of 'canal mania' in 1793 the river had already been the subject of 23 Acts.

See Priestley's Navigable Rivers and Canals for more information.

September 1783

Robert Whitworth

In his role as consultant engineer for the Thames & Severn Canal he and Christopher Chambers, a shareholder of the canal and of the Stroudwater canal as well as being a Thames Commissionner, enquired what improvements the commissioners intended to make to the navigation between Lechlade and Pangbourne.

January 1787

Josiah Clowes

He advises the Thames Commisionners on the building of Osney Lock while engineer to the Thames & Severn Canal.

March 1787

William Jessop

He completed a survey and reported on the river from Oxford to Lechlade.

Early January 1789

Josiah Clowes

He was commissioned to design pound locks at St John's (Lechlade) and Buscot.

July 1789

Josiah Clowes

Reported on a survey he had conducted for the commissioners from Lechlade to Old Nan's Weir just above Rushey.

January 1791

Robert Mylne

He was asked by the commissioners to survey the upper river and recommended the replacement of 25 weirs and flash locks between Abingdon and Lechlade by a smaller number of pound locks. He also severely criticised the state of the navigation.

Early January 1791

William Jessop

He was asked to survey the upper river but was too busy.

August 1793

Robert Mylne

He reported to the commissioners on his survey of the river below Maidenhead and recommended a 4.75 mile canal with 3 locks from Boulter's Lock to Eton.

Late July 1794

John Rennie

Having surveyed the whole river down from Maidenhead he reported that improvements to the river were a better course than the various canal bypass schemes that were being proposed. His bill for his work was 474.

January 1805

William Jessop

He and John Rennie surveyed the river from Kew to Boulter's Lock and recommended contracting and deepening the channel or preferably the building of long cuts and 5 pound-locks.

January 1805

John Rennie

He and William Jessop surveyed the river from Kew to Boulter's Lock and recommended contracting and deepening the channel or preferably the building of long cuts and 5 pound-locks.

January 1809

John Rennie

Following land owner's objections to the long cuts that he and William Jessop had proposed in 1805, he suggests nine pound locks instead.

January 1819

John Rennie

Southwark Bridge, for which he was engineer, was opened.

January 1839

Brunel's Maidenhead railway bridge on the Great Western main line with the largest ever brick arches of built across the river.

January 1859

The Book of the Thames by Mr & Mrs S C Hall, book with many engravings of wild life and scenery.

January 1875

Life on the Upper Thames by H R Robertson, Published by Virtue, Spalding & Co. - Large format, high quality engravings of river trades.

January 1878

A New Map of the River Thames, From Thames Head to London (on scale of two inches to a mile) from entirely new surveys finished during the summer of 1878,and corrected to the Present Time by H Taunt, Published by Taunt & Co.

January 1910

The Thames by G E Mitton, Published by Blackie & Son Ltd - Beautiful England series.

January 1912

Boulter's Lock at Maidenhead rebuilt and enlarged.

January 1914

The Thames Highway by Fred S Thacker published.

January 1920

The Thames Highway: A History of the Locks and Weirs by Fred S Thacker, Published by the author - The second volume of this History of the Thames.

January 1925

London River by H M Tomlinson, Published by Cassell - Docklands as they were with an account of a voyage from Limehouse to Gravesend.

January 1926

River Thames by F V Morley, Published by Methuen London Ltd.

January 1927

Sunbury Lock - new lock was completed.

January 1932

No Boats on the River by Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, Published by Methuen London Ltd - The Thames Water Bus service, with a technical essay by J H O Bunge.

January 1938

The Thames From the Towpath by E K W Ryan, Published by St. Catherine Press - "An account of an expedition on foot from Putney to Thames Head".

January 1944

The Tideless Thames in Future London by J H O Bunge, Published by Frederick Muller.

January 1946

Sweet Thames Run Softly by Robert Gibbings, Published by J M Dent - A voyage from Lechlade to London with wood engravings and many anedotes.

January 1951

The Thames from Mouth to Source by L T C Rolt, Published by Batsford.

January 1952

Time on the Thames by Eric de Mare, Published by The Architectural Press - A guide to the river by this well known waterways writer and photographer.

January 1956

Thames Waters by Roger Pilkington, Published by Lutterworth Press.

January 1957

Till I End My Song by Robert Gibbings, Published by J M Dent - The story of a move to a Berkshire village that allows the author to enrich his knowledge of part of the Thames.

January 1958

London's Riverside, Past Present & Future by Eric de Mare, Published by Rheinhardt.

January 1961

The Thames Flows Down by Laurie Osmond, Published by Oxford University Press.

January 1966

Small Boat on the Thames by Roger Pilkington, Published by Macmillan Publishers (UK) Ltd.

January 1967

The Thames. An Eating, Drinking and Cruising Guide. by Lionel R Munk, 1Published by Batsford.

January 1970

Holiday Cruising on the Thames by E & P W Ball, Published by David & Charles

January 1973

The Thameside Book by Mary Atkinson, Published by Osprey.

January 1974

Victorians on the Thames by Reginald R Bolland, published.

January 1977

A View of the Thames by Norman Shrapnell, Published by Collins - A travel and documentary view of the Thames.

January 1977

IWA National Festival at Reading.

January 1977

Practical Boat Handling on the Thames by C L Colbourne, Published by David & Charles.

January 1977

The Making of the Middle Thames by D G Wilson, Published by Spurbooks.

January 1979

The Upper Thames by J B L Anderson, Published by Eyre Methuen - Two chapters on cruising and navigation.

January 1985

Royal River Highway. A History of the Passenger Boats and Services on the River Thames by F L Dix, Published by David & Charles.

January 1985

The Thames by Wilson Stephenson, Published by Frederick Muller - Part of the Rivers of Britain series.

January 1993

The Victorian Thames by D G Wilson, Published by Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd.

January 1994

Where Two Rivers Meet by Adam Stout, Published by Two Rivers Press - A history of the area where the Kennet joins the Thames.

January 1995

Electric Boats on the Thames, 1889 - 1914 by Edward Hawthorne, Published by Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd.

January 1996

Old Father Thames & Sleeping Beauty by John Cook, Published by Petmac Publications - A 1992 trip on the Thames and newly reopened Kennet & Avon Canal.

January 1997

Along the Thames by Brian Eade, Published by Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd - The non-tidal river with over 200 historic views and text.

January 1997

IWA National Festival at Henley.

January 1997

Thames Tideway by Robert Simper, Published by Creekside Publishing - history of the tideway with over 150 photographs.

January 1998

The Quiet Waters By by David Blagrove, Published by M & M Baldwin - The story of the author's time spent as a Thames Lock keeper and of some canal trips made at this period.

January 1998

The River Thames Book by Chris Cove-Smith, Published by Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson - A walking and boating guide to the Thames, Wey, Basingstoke Canal and to the eastern part of the Kennet & Avon Canal.

January 2003

The Inland Waterways Association National Festival was held at Beale Park, near Pangbourne.

January 2006

The Inland Waterways Association National Festival was held at Beale Park.

 

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