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86,895. Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will.
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still! (River & River Thames) William Wordsworth, Sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge
6,112. We call it The Little Ice Age ... Cold enough to freeze the River Thames in London. (Evolution & Ice Age & River Thames & Humanity) Man on Earth with Tony Robinson III: Killer Climate
132,903. I’ve always been fascinated by the River Thames. It runs right through the place I was born: London … It’s the river that built Britain. The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson I, Channel 5 2020
132,904. From its humble beginnings in Gloucestershire to down-river where I learn how we tamed the Thames, for trade and pleasure. ibid.
132,905. The Thames has the most densely populated river basin in the UK. ibid.
132,906. When I was a kid in London in the 1950s the lower reaches of the river were polluted by industry and war-time damage to the sewers. ibid.
132,921. The Thames hundreds of years ago would have been far too shallow for all but the smallest of boats. Today, managing water levels fall to the Environment Agency. The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson II
132,922. ‘There’s 45 locks on the Thames.’ ibid. lock keeper Richard
132,954. A short stretch, barely eight miles, but it packs a punch like no other: because I’m walking through the heart of the capital. (River Thames & London) The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson III
132,955. The rise and fall of thee tidal Thames can be as much as 23 feet. (River Thames & London) ibid.
133,029. I’m now on my home turf the east end of London on a bit of the river that was once the working power house of the Thames with docks and warehouses. The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson IV
135,060. The Thames: Lifeblood of Britain’s capital. An empire was born on its banks, and from here it traded with the world. Throughout its long life the river has sustained its people. But at times it has been fierce and unpredictable. A focus for work and play. (River Thames & London & Docks) The River Thames: Then & Now, Channel 5 2020
135,061. The River Thames flows 215 miles to the North Sea. Its epic course takes it into the heart of London, passing landmarks recognised the world over. Lightermen have been hauling cargo along the Thames for centuries. (River Thames & London & Docks) ibid.
135,062. In the early twentieth century, in the age before smokeless fuel, London was often shrouded in fog known as Pea Soupers. (River Thames & London & Fog & Docks) ibid.
135,063. ‘Eight miles of docks on either side’ … ‘It was tough manual work’ … (River Thames & London & Docks) ibid.
135,064. In the post-war years the docks continued to thrive. Few Londoners could imagine a city without a working port and an army of working men at its heart. But by the 1960s that future was disappearing in front of the workers’ eyes. (River Thames & London & Docks) ibid.
135,065. Back then the key to London’s wealth was its docks. (River Thames & London & Docks) ibid.
135,066. Now the Thames handles more than five million tons of cargo. The vast majority of cargo now arrives and leaves in containers. (River Thames & London & Docks) ibid.
135,067. ‘The first container ship arrived in this country in the early 1960s. And that was the beginning of the end. And very fast about 35,000 people lost their jobs on the docks and then all the ancillary workers, and it was catastrophic.’ (River Thames & London & Docks & Unemployment) ibid. Sophie Campbell, historian
135,068. Battersea would be key as London went electric … The largest brick construction in Europe. (River Thames & London & Docks) ibid.
135,069. Twenty-eight bridges span the river … ‘I’m standing in front of the most iconic bridge on the Thames: Tower Bridge. Everybody knows it. It’s got those twin towers. And it was built in 1894 so that the shipping could still come into this very valuable bit of water, the pool of London … It looks medieval, and that was the plan … It’s a really early steel-framed construction, but on the outside they put Cornish Granite and Portland Stone dressings … So it looks like a medieval castle.’ (River Thames & London & Docks & Bridge) ibid. Sophie Campbell
135,070. An extraordinary structure that helps keep the flood-water away … The Barrier had closed nearly 200 times since becoming operational in 1982. (River Thames & London & Docks & Flood) ibid.
135,071. 1858 was the year of the Great Stink. A smell of old father Thames was so bad that MPs moved parliament out of London. For centuries, untreated human waste was pumped directly into the Thames … Bazalgette built 1,100 miles of sewers. (River Thames & London & Smell & Sewer) ibid.
9,138. The scandal of our polluted rivers. We capture evidence of untreated sewage being dumped. We see the damage sewage causes. And we expose the water companies breaking the law. (Sewage & River Thames) Panorama: The River Pollution Scandal, BBC 2021
2,488. The Thames is a world-famous river and it’s an essential part of London life. But despite its importance, parts of the river are being used as an open sewer. (Sewage & River Thames) ibid.
69,326. This is Barnes in south-west London. Now the river’s pretty low at the moment, so I’m standing on what you might think is the river-bed. Except it isn’t. It’s a mound of wet-wipes. (Sewage & River Thames) ibid.
53,079. This isn’t the exception: it’s commonplace. (Sewage & River Thames) ibid.
119,809. In the hidden world beneath London an army of 4,000 workers is attempting to build the biggest sewer in Britain’s history: seven metres wide and twenty miles long, the enormous tunnel will run directly beneath the River Thames. The five-billion-pound tunnel is urgently needed. (Engineering & London & Sewer & River Thames) The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer I, BBC 2018
119,810. A project first mooted almost twenty years ago. (Engineering & London & Sewer & River Thames) ibid.
119,811. London’s excess sewage has to go somewhere so to stop it backing up into people’s homes it’s released into the Thames. (Engineering & London & Sewer & River Thames) ibid.
119,812. London’s Victorian sewers are a labyrinth of more than 500 miles of interconnecting tunnels. Parts of the network have never been accurately surveyed. (Engineering & London & Sewer & River Thames) ibid.
119,947. If successful, the new super-sewer will capture this waste and transfer it to Europe’s largest treatment works east of the city. (Engineering & London & Sewer & River Thames) The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer II
119,948. Jim must scan every inch of the 20-mile stretch of the Thames to complete the underwater map. (Engineering & London & Sewer & River Thames) ibid.
119,949. Every day over 30 tonnes of wet-wipes are flushed down London’s loos. (Engineering & London & Sewer & River Thames) ibid.
119,950. During tunnelling, engineers plan to excavate over 40,000 tonnes of earth every week. (Engineering & London & Sewer & River Thames) ibid.
120,051. The most important part of the machine is the cutter-head; it’s been built specifically based on the predictions of what the earth will be like sixty metres bellow the Thames. (Engineering & London & Sewer & River Thames) The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer III
120,052. Sixty metres below the assembly team’s feet deep underground in Battersea excavators have been battling through the tough ground. (Engineering & London & Sewer & River Thames) ibid.
79,802. London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down,
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady. (London & Bridge & River Thames) Nursery Rhyme: London Bridge Is Falling Down
79,786. The Thames is so wonderful because the mist is always changing its shapes and colours, always making its light mysterious. (London & River Thames) Arthur Symonds 1909
79,800. Thames, the most loved of all the Ocean’s sons,
By his own sire, to his embraces runs,
Hasting to pay its tribute to the Sea,
Like mortal life to meet eternity (London & River Thames) John Denham, Cooper’s Hill 1642
79,734. It is the shortest river in the world to have acquired such a famous history ... But none of them has arrested the attention of the world of poets and novelists and artists and historians in the manor of the River Thames. This is the story of the life and death of civilisations. It is the story of culture and geology shaping one another. It is the story of myth interwoven with history. The river embodies the history of the nation. (London & River Thames) Peter Ackroyd’s Thames 1/4
79,735. The Thames and the Rhine were once one river. (London & River Thames) ibid.
79,736. London could never have existed without the Thames. (London & River Thames) ibid.