Liquid History – a Blog about the River Thames
‘The Thames is liquid history’ is attributed to John Burns, an English trade unionist and politician from the turn of the Twentieth Century. Several writers in modern times have used the expression ‘Liquid History’ in referring to the river and its archaeology.
The Thames is not quite the longest river in Britain. The Severn may beat it by a few miles. It’s certainly one of the most important and it links London to the sea.
The Thames Path
There is now a long-distance footpath, the Thames Path, opened in 1996, which more or less follows the banks of the river from its source. Our guide book goes 150 miles to Hampton Court but it continues from there through London as far as the Thames Barrier.
We have been walking this path in sections of about ten miles about once a month except in the winter. The source is not obvious but after a few miles the growing stream becomes an ever widening river. These pictures come from four sections roughly the middle third of the path described in our book, from Oxford to the outskirts of Reading.
For all of this section the river is quite wide and navigable with large meanders and a few locks. We kept close to the river for most of the time, occasionally crossing the river and skirting some small villages and towns. It’s mostly country paths some trees, fields and landscape views. We often had high reeds between the path and the river but there were lots of chances to see it.
The following pictures are in chronogical order as we moved along the path.
They are all part of the River Thames.