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Found Drowned by G F Watts is an almost religious vision of the fallen woman. Stretched out like a martyr to Victorian morality ... Her body is bathed in a warm light. Set against a cold uncaring world. A single light shines down on her ... Its title was taken from a regular column in The Times newspaper which listed the number of women who had thrown themselves into the Thames. Jeremy Paxman: The Victorians: Home Sweet Home, BBC 2009
There is a certain magical stretch of the Thames in London that was at the centre of an 18th century cultural movement that changed our British landscapes for ever. At the heart of it was a fascination with the ancient concept of arcadia, where man and nature lived in perfect pastoral harmony. A radical group of writers and artists completely overturned the idea of what comprised a beautiful landscape. Janina Ramirez & John Bailey, In Search of Arcadia, BBC 2017
This seal can escape to the Thames should she choose to do so but prefers to stay [Billingsgate fish market] … ‘What she likes most are the squid … ‘salmon and trout.’ Natural World s30e14: Unnatural History of London, BBC 2012
When one talks of the Thames Docks beauty is a vain word. But romance has lived too long upon this river not to have thrown a mantle of glamour upon its banks. Joseph Conrad, 1906
It was a disaster that stunned the nation. Within two minutes one hundred and fifty excited party goers had been pitched into the black icy waters of the Thames. How fifty-one people could be killed in the middle of the nation’s capital on a calm summer’s evening mystified relatives and survivors. Crimes that Shook Britain s5e5: The Marchioness Disaster
One summer’s day the Reverend Charles Dodgson took ten-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters on a boat trip along the River Thames. The girls were absolutely enchanted by his stories. The Secret World of Lewis Carroll, BBC 2015
In London he [Brunel] was building another suspension bridge over the Thames, the tunnel underneath it was inching along, he was also doing the docks in Sunderland, designing his first ship, and he got married … Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 9/13: Evolution: The Ladder of Creation, BBC 1973
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! William Wordsworth, Sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge
We call it the Little Ice Age ... Cold enough to freeze the River Thames in London. Man on Earth with Tony Robinson III: Killer Climate, Channel 4 2009
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, Channel 5 2019
There’s 45 locks on the Thames.’ ibid. lock keeper Richard
A short stretch, barely eight miles, but it packs a punch like no other: because I’m walking through the heart of the capital. The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson III
The rise and fall of the tidal Thames can be as much as 23 feet. ibid.
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
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. The River Thames: Then & Now, Channel 5 2020
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. ibid.
In the early twentieth century, in the age before smokeless fuel, London was often shrouded in fog known as Pea Soupers. ibid.
‘Eight miles of docks on either side’ … ‘It was tough manual work’ … ibid.
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. ibid.
Back then the key to London’s wealth was its docks. ibid.
Now the Thames handles more than five million tons of cargo. The vast majority of cargo now arrives and leaves in containers. ibid.
‘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.’ ibid. Sophie Campbell, historian
Battersea would be key as London went electric … The largest brick construction in Europe. ibid.
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.’ ibid. Sophie Campbell
An extraordinary structure that helps keep the floodwater away … The Barrier had closed nearly 200 times since becoming operational in 1982. ibid.
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. ibid.
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. Panorama: The River Pollution Scandal, BBC 2021
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. ibid.
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. ibid.
This isn’t the exception: it’s commonplace. ibid.
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. The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer I, BBC 2018
A project first mooted almost twenty years ago. ibid.
London’s excess sewage has to go somewhere so to stop it backing up into people’s homes – it’s released into the Thames. ibid.
London’s Victorian sewers are a labyrinth of more than 500 miles of interconnecting tunnels. Parts of the network have never been accurately surveyed. ibid.
If successful, the new super-sewer will capture this waste and transfer it to Europe’s largest treatment works east of the city. The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer II
Jim must scan every inch of the 20-mile stretch of the Thames to complete the underwater map. ibid.
Every day over 30 tonnes of wet-wipes are flushed down London’s loos. ibid.
During tunnelling, engineers plan to excavate over 40,000 tonnes of earth every week. ibid.
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. The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer III
Sixty metres below the assembly team’s feet deep underground in Battersea excavators have been battling through the tough ground. ibid.