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River Thames

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

History of River Thames: 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.
For more details see the History page.

Navigation Authority of River Thames : Environment Agency Recreation and Navigation, Region: Thames, Kings Meadow House, Kings Meadow Road, Reading, RG1 8DQ: Telephone 0118 953 5000 : Fax 0118 950 0388 : (Covering the non-tidal river above Teddington.).

Website: http://www.visitthames.co.uk/

Navigation Authority: : Port of London Authority, Baker's Hall, 7 Harp Lane, London EC3R 6LB : (Covering the tidal river below Teddington.).

Website: http://www.pla.co.uk

Navigation Authority: : The Royal Docks Management Authority Limited, Pierhead, King George V Lock, Woolwich Manor Way, London E16 2NJ: Telephone 020 7511 5086 : Fax 020 7511 0312 : Email info@rodma.co.uk : (Navigation authority for the Royal Docks only.).

Website: http://www.rodma.co.uk/

Pinkhill Lock

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  • Sea to Source Nick Clark, Released in 2002, 2 hours 13 minutes Produced by Limeleaf Productions, A journey up the Thames which is a compilation of a six-part London Weekend Television series. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • The London Ring , 0 minutes Produced by VideoActive, tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon
  • City of Ships , Released in 2005, 1 hour 55 minutes Produced by DD Video, Films of the Port of London dating back to the 1920s up to the 1960s. Available on DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon
  • Waters of Time , 1 hour 52 minutes Produced by DD Video, Films of the Port of London dating back to the 1920s up to the 1960s. Available on DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon
  • The Thames Above Reading , 57 minutes Produced by VideoActive, This video captures the delights of the upper reaches in a journey commencing at the river's official head of navigation, Lechlade and running down as far as the approach to Reading. Available on tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon
  • The Thames Reading to Richmond , 57 minutes Produced by VideoActive, A journey along 60 miles of some of the world's most famous cultural landmarks, including Windsor Caste, Hampton Court, Runnymede and Henley. Available on tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon
  • The Canal Carrier's Easter 2 - with David Blagrove David Blagrove, Released in 2000, 54 minutes Produced by SK Productions, This video is the second in the set of four, covering the part of the trip from Oxford to Newbury. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • The Canal Carrier's Easter 3 - with David Blagrove David Blagrove, 59 minutes Produced by SK Productions, The third in a set of four, this video covers the part of the trip from Aldermaston to Berkhamsted. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • World's Most Beautiful Waterways - The Thames , 1 hour 15 minutes Produced by Contender Ltd, A fascinating journey along the Thames, from Lechlade to the Thames Barrier, filmed both on the river and at sites of interest along the way. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • A Journey Down The River Thames , 0 minutes Produced by Heritage Video Films Ltd, tape. Order on video tape from Amazon

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Related External Web Sites of River Thames

  • Jim Batty Stock Photography Photos of London, the River Thames and narrowboats.
  • IWA London Region The site of the Inland Waterways Association London Region.
  • Where Thames Smooth Waters Glide John Eade's pages covering the river from Teddington up to the source. Photos (old and new), illustrations, poems, maps and other information.
  • Middle Thames Yacht Club Founded in 1956, at Richmond upon Thames, moving to Sunbury on Thames in 1960. The objectives of the Club are to promote and encourage motor boating and yachting generally, on the non-tidal and tidal Thames.
  • Bridge Boats Boat hire based on the Thames at Reading.
  • Caversham Boat Services Cruisers for holiday hire and day boats on the River Thames.
  • Cotswold Boat Hire A small family company operating from the Trout Inn at Letchlade 0n the River Thames.
  • Wraysbury Boathouse Boatbuilding and restoration. Also a full service and maintenance facility which includes, slipping, antifouling, refinishing, inboard and outboard servicing, repairs and storage.
  • Thames Ditton Marina Situated between Hampton Court and Kingston on the River Thames.
  • Moneypenny The website for the 2 berth Shetland 535 boat known as "Moneypenny". Here you can track her progress along the inland rivers around the River Thames and see images from her days out.
  • Lady Antonia of Pangbourne A hire boat that has a double bedsit, galley with gas hob, fridge and oven, large walk-in shower room and flush toilet and sleeps two adults comfortably.
  • The Thames Traditional Boat Society Promoting the use and enjoyment of traditional, unpowered, Thames boats.
  • Chris Cruises Chris Cruises is a family run company with many years experience .
  • River Thames and Rowing Museum Information on the museum and on Henley on Thames, where it is.
  • Kris Cruisers Twenty cruisers for hire at Datchet on the River Thames.
  • Thames Tideway Information service about the tidal Thames, which goes from the sea to Teddington in Middlesex.
  • Reading Marine Company Boat builders and boat hire.
  • Thames Web Cam 2 Maidenhead Rowing Club provide this view of the River Thames at Maidenhead.
  • Floating Down the River Ian and Dot Hart's pages on Thames boating and Cruising the French Waterways.
  • Chertsey Meads Marine Thames boatyard with all the usual services plus boat hire.
  • Visit Thames An Environment Agency site dealing with all leisure activities on and by the Thames.
  • Thames & Chilterns Holiday Cruises Tranquil Rose offers a choice of cruises, on the River Thames and adjoining waterways, including the Kennet & Avon canal.
  • French Brothers River Thames Passenger Boat Operators
  • The River Thames Guide A guide to the Thames and its surrounding areas.
  • Salter's Steamers A family firm with over a century's experience of boating on the River Thames
  • Thames Rivercruise All cruises start and finish in the Reading area, where the company is based
  • London's Inland Waterways A towpath and cruising guide.
  • Port of London Authority Information about the authority and advice for river users.
  • Thames Path Online Guide Details of the Thames Path and the associated locks, bridges, events etc.
  • Thames Cards Sue Milton's specialist in images of England's River Thames and its surrounding area
  • Royal Docks Management Authority Limited The Authority holds a 225 year lease of the entire water areas of the Royal Docks and provides its long term water management on behalf of the owners of the land surrounding the water.
  • Val Wyatt Marine Wargrave-on-Thames
  • The Roving Boat Co A small family run company hiring Seamaster 27ft Cruisers on the River Thames
  • Bag Lady Luxury Hotel Boat Baglady offers holidays for two on the Thames and is a new vessel built in the style of a Dutch Barge, commissioned in 2004 and fitted out by her owner operators, Roy and Sue Farman.
  • Rugby Boat Sales Rugby Boat Sales is a brokerage set up by Dominic Miles, formerly of ABNB. In the 1990s he cruised virtually the entire waterway systems of England, Wales and Ireland, writing numerous articles for all the waterways magazines.
  • Swan at Pangbourne An old pub beside the weir on the River Thames.
  • Shepperton Marina Moorings, Chandlery and boat yard service on the River Thames.
  • Isabella River Cruises A wide beam river boat based on the Thames and surrounding wide waterways.
  • Gandalf Home Page The site relating to Thames based cruiser Gandalf. Contains a downloadable table of times between locks on the River Thames

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of River Thames: Lock sizes vary but the maximum dimensions for craft navigating the river are as follows. Lechlade to Oxford: Length 109 foot, beam 14 foot. Oxford to Reading: Length 120 foot, beam 17 foot 3 inches. Reading to Windsor: Length 130 foot, beam 17 foot 6 inches. Windsor to Teddington: Length 174 foot, beam 19 foot 10 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

River Thames: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Cricklade High Bridge

0

0

D

SU101939

173

Eysey Footbridge

0.9

0

D

SU113940

173

River Ray Junction

1.5

0

D

SU122939

163

Water Eaton House Bridge

1.6

0

D

SU124938

173

Castle Eaton Bridge

4.1

0

D

SU144957

163

Kempsford (St. Mary's Church)

5.6

0

D

SU160964

163

Hannington Bridge

6.9

0

D

SU174960

163

Inglesham (St. John's Church)

10

0

D

SU204984

163

Inglesham Lock

Thames and Severn Canal Junction and River Coln junction

10.4

1

U

SU205988

163

Ha'penny Bridge, Lechlade

11

1

N

SU213993

163

St. John's Lock

St. John's Bridge

11.5

2

N

SU222989

163

Buscot Lock

12.8

3

N

SU230980

163

Grafton Lock

16

4

N

SU271992

163

Radcot Bridge

17.3

4

N

SU285995

163

Radcot Lock

17.9

5

N

SP296001

164

Rushey Lock

20.5

6

N

SP322000

164

Tadpole Bridge

21.3

6

N

SP334003

164

Tenfoot Bridge

23

6

N

SU353995

164

Shifford Lock

24.9

7

N

SP370010

164

Newbridge

Rose Revived Inn. River Windrush junction

27.4

7

N

SP403013

164

Hart's Footbridge

28.5

7

N

SP420010

164

Northmoor Lock

29.6

8

N

SP431021

164

Bablock Hythe Ferry

The Ferry Inn

31.1

8

N

SP435042

164

Pinkhill Lock

33.4

9

N

SP440071

164

Eynsham Lock

Swinford Toll Bridge

34.9

10

N

SP444086

164

Duke's Cut Junction

Junction with Duke's Cut Oxford Canal junction

37.4

10

N

SP477103

164

King's Lock

37.6

11

N

SP478102

164

Godstow Bridge

38.5

11

N

SP484092

164

Godstow Lock

38.8

12

N

SP485089

164

Sheepwash Channel Junction

Junction with Oxford Canal (Southern Section) Oxford Canal junction

40.8

12

N

SP503065

164

Osney Bridge

A420 road bridge

40.9

12

N

SP503062

164

Osney Lock

41.1

13

N

SP504058

164

Folly Bridge

A4144 road bridge. Oxford City Centre half a mile north

42

13

N

SP514055

164

River Cherwell Junction

New mouth of Cherwell

42.5

13

N

SP519051

164

Iffley Lock

43.5

14

N

SP525036

164

Kennington Railway Bridge

44

14

N

SP524027

164

Sandford Lock

King's Arms pub

45.1

15

N

SP530013

164

Radley College Boat House

46.8

15

N

SU538988

164

Nuneham Railway Bridge

48.4

15

N

SU525969

164

Abingdon Lock

49.8

16

N

SU506970

164

Abingdon Bridge

A415 road bridge and town centre

50.3

16

N

SU499968

164

River Ock Junction

Wilts and Berks canal junction in former times

50.5

16

N

SU496966

164

Culham Lock

52.3

17

N

SU507948

174

Appleford Railway Bridge

53.6

17

N

SU526941

174

Clifton Cut (South-west end)

Clifton weir

54.6

17

N

SU540940

174

Clifton Lock

55.1

18

N

SU546947

174

Clifton Hampden Bridge

55.6

18

N

SU546953

164

Day's Lock

Dorchester

58.1

19

N

SU568935

174

River Thame Junction

Footpath to Dorchester

58.9

19

N

SU577931

174

Shillingford Bridge

60.8

19

N

SU596920

174

Benson Lock

62

20

N

SU612912

164

Wallingford Bridge

Wallingford Town Centre

63.3

20

N

SU610894

175

Moulsford Railway Bridge

Paddington to Bristol and South Wales line

66.6

20

N

SU595846

174

South Stoke

Beetle and Wedge Hotel

67.3

20

N

SU593836

174

Cleeve Lock

68.5

21

N

SU600817

175

Goring Lock

Goring and Streatley villages and bridge

69.1

22

N

SU596808

174

Gatehampton Railway Bridge

Paddington to Bristol and South Wales line

70.5

22

N

SU605795

175

Whitchurch Lock

Pangbourne Village

73.3

23

N

SU634767

175

Mapledurham Lock

75.5

24

N

SU667767

175

Tilehurst Station

76.8

24

N

SU674752

175

Caversham Bridge

79.3

24

N

SU711746

175

Reading Bridge

Reading Town centre

79.8

24

N

SU717740

175

Caversham Lock

79.9

25

N

SU720740

175

River Kennet Junction

Junction with Kennet and Avon Canal Entrance to the Kennent and Avon Navigation

80.6

25

N

SU731739

175

Sonning Lock

82.5

26

N

SU752754

175

Sonning Bridge

Sonning Village

82.9

26

N

SU755757

175

Shiplake Lock

85.5

27

N

SU776786

175

Shiplake Railway Bridge

85.6

27

N

SU779786

175

Marsh Lock

88.1

28

N

SU773817

175

Henley Bridge

Henley Town Centre

89

28

N

SU763826

175

Temple Island

90.4

28

N

SU771848

175

Hambleden Lock

91.3

29

N

SU782851

175

Medmenham Abbey

93.4

29

N

SU807837

175

Hurley Lock

95

30

N

SU827842

175

Temple Lock

95.6

31

N

SU837843

175

Marlow Lock

Marlow Suspension Bridge and town centre

97.3

32

N

SU854861

175

Bourne End Railway Bridge

100

32

N

SU891870

175

Cookham Bridge

Cookham Village

101.1

32

N

SU897856

175

Cookham Lock

101.5

33

N

SU905855

175

Boulter's Lock

103.6

34

N

SU902824

175

Maidenhead Bridge

104.3

34

N

SU901813

175

Maidenhead Railway Bridge

Paddington to Bristol and South Wales line

104.5

34

N

SU902810

175

Bray Lock

105.8

35

N

SU910797

175

New Thames M4 Motorway Bridge

106

35

N

SU913795

175

Monkey Island

106.3

35

N

SU914791

175

Boveney Lock

108.9

36

N

SU944777

175

Windsor Railway Viaduct

110.4

36

N

SU960773

176

Windsor Bridge

110.9

36

N

SU967772

176

Romney Lock

111.3

37

N

SU970779

176

Black Potts Railway Bridge

111.6

37

N

SU975779

176

Victoria Bridge

112

37

N

SU978774

176

Albert Bridge

113.5

37

N

SU984756

176

Old Windsor Lock

114.3

38

N

SU994747

176

The Bells of Ouseley

115.1

38

N

SU992735

176

Bell Weir Lock

117.1

39

N

TQ017720

176

Runnymede M4 Motorway Bridge

117.4

39

N

TQ019719

176

London Stone

Former limit of the City of London's control of the Thames

117.9

39

N

TQ025717

176

Staines Bridge

118.1

39

N

TQ031715

176

Staines Railway Bridge

118.5

39

N

TQ035712

176

Penton Hook Lock

120

40

N

TQ044695

176

M3 Motorway Bridge

121.8

40

N

TQ054672

176

Chertsey Lock

122

41

N

TQ054668

176

Chertsey Bridge

122.1

41

N

TQ054666

176

Shepperton Lock

Junction with River Wey River Wey Navigation Junction below lock

124

42

N

TQ074659

176

Walton Bridge

125.4

42

N

TQ092665

176

Sunbury Lock

The new lock was completed in 1927.

127

43

N

TQ109685

176

Molesey Lock

130

44

N

TQ149688

176

Hampton Court Bridge

130.1

44

N

TQ154685

176

River Ember Junction

130.5

44

N

TQ156682

176

Thames Ditton

131.1

44

N

TQ162674

176

Raven's Ait

132.1

44

N

TQ175679

176

Kingston Bridge

133

44

N

TQ177693

176

Kingston Railway Bridge

133.1

44

N

TQ177696

176

Teddington Lock

134.8

45

N

TQ165716

176

Eel Pie Island (East end)

136.1

45

N

TQ167732

176

Richmond Bridge

137.5

45

N

TQ177745

176

Richmond Railway Bridge

137.8

45

N

TQ172747

176

Richmond Lock and Footbridge

For 2 hours each side of high tide the weirs are lifted. At other times the lock must be used.

138

46

N

TQ169750

176

Brentford Junction

Junction with Grand Union Main Line Grand Union Canal Junction

139.9

46

N

TQ181773

176

Kew Bridge

140.5

46

N

TQ190777

176

Kew Railway Bridge

140.9

46

N

TQ196775

176

Chiswick Bridge

141.8

46

N

TQ202763

176

Barnes Railway Bridge

142.5

46

N

TQ213763

176

Hammersmith Bridge

144.4

46

N

TQ229780

176

Putney Bridge

146.1

46

N

TQ242757

176

Fulham Railway Bridge

146.3

46

N

TQ244756

176

Wandsworth Bridge

147.3

46

N

TQ259755

176

Battersea Railway Bridge

148

46

N

TQ265764

176

Battersea Road Bridge

148.6

46

N

TQ270773

176

Albert Bridge

148.9

46

N

TQ273775

176

Chelsea Bridge

149.6

46

N

TQ285777

176

Grosvenor Bridge

Victoria Railway Bridge

149.8

46

N

TQ287777

176

Vauxhall Bridge

150.6

46

N

TQ301781

177

Lambeth Bridge

151.1

46

N

TQ303789

177

Westminster Bridge

151.6

46

N

TQ304796

177

Hungerford Bridge

Footbridge and Charing Cross railway bridge

152

46

N

TQ305802

177

Waterloo Bridge

152.3

46

N

TQ307805

177

Blackfriars Road Bridge

152.8

46

N

TQ316806

177

Southwark Bridge

153.3

46

N

TQ323806

177

Cannon Street Railway Bridge

153.4

46

N

TQ325805

177

London Bridge

153.5

46

N

TQ328805

177

Tower Bridge

140 foot headroom when open

154

46

N

TQ336802

177

Wapping Old Stairs

Town of Ramsgate pub

154.8

46

N

TQ347798

177

Limehouse Basin Entrance

Junction with Grand Union Regents Canal Grand Union Canal Junction

155.9

46

N

TQ362806

177

West India Dock Entrance

156.6

46

N

TQ368801

177

Greenwich Pier and Foot Tunnel

Cutty Sark and Greenwich Naval College

158.3

46

N

TQ383780

177

West India Dock Entrance

159.8

46

N

TQ385799

177

Bow Creek Junction

Junction with River Lee - Bow Creek

160.5

46

N

TQ395805

177

Thames Flood Barrier

162

46

N

TQ414795

177

Woolwich Ferry

163.1

46

N

TQ432795

177

King George V Dock Entrance

164

46

N

TQ443801

177

Barking Creek (River Roding) Junction

165.1

46

N

TQ456813

177

Crossness Point Lighthouse

Thamesmead

166.6

46

N

TQ477817

177

Erith Causeway

170.1

46

N

TQ518785

177

Dartford Creek

171.8

46

N

TQ541784

177

Stoneness Lighthouse and Greenhithe

175

46

N

TQ585756

177

Tilbury Dock Entrance

178.3

46

N

TQ622754

177

Gravesend

180.1

46

N

TQ646747

177

Coalhouse Point

182.9

46

N

TQ694755

178

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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