19 Vintage Historical Photos Showing the River Thames During the 1910s and 1920s

The River Thames, known alternatively in parts as the River Isis, is a river that flows through southern England including London. At 215 miles (346 km), it is the longest river entirely in England and the second-longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn.

It flows through Oxford (where it is commonly called the Isis), Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor. The lower reaches of the river are called the Tideway, derived from its long tidal reach up to Teddington Lock. It rises at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, and flows into the North Sea via the Thames Estuary. The Thames drains the whole of Greater London.

Its tidal section, reaching up to Teddington Lock, includes most of its London stretch and has a rise and fall of 23 feet (7 m). Running through some of the driest parts of mainland Britain and heavily abstracted for drinking water, the Thames’ discharge is low considering its length and breadth: the Severn has a discharge almost twice as large on average despite having a smaller drainage basin. In Scotland, the Tay achieves more than double the Thames’ average discharge from a drainage basin that is 60% smaller.

Along its course are 45 navigation locks with accompanying weirs. Its catchment area covers a large part of south-eastern and a small part of western England; the river is fed by at least 50 named tributaries. The river contains over 80 islands. With its waters varying from freshwater to almost seawater, the Thames supports a variety of wildlife and has a number of adjoining Sites of Special Scientific Interest, with the largest being in the North Kent Marshes and covering 5,289 hectares (20.4 sq mi). (Wikipedia)

Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race at Putney Bridge, c. 1910
Tower of London from the river, 1910
Billingsgate Market, c. 1910
Customs House, c. 1910
Lots Rd and Battersea Bridge, c. 1910
Shipping near Tower Bridge, c. 1910
Tower of London from the Thames, c.1910
Houses of Parliament from South Bank, c. 1910
London Docks, c. 1920
Off Woolwich, c.1920
Greenwich pier, c. 1920
Ice floes on the Thames, c. 1920
St Paul’s Cathedral from Bankside, c. 1920
St Paul’s Cathedral from Waterloo Bridge, c. 1920
St Paul’s Cathedral from the river, c. 1920
Victoria Embankment, c. 1920
Wandsworth Creek, c, 1920
St Paul’s Cathedral from Bankside, c. 1910

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