A report on OxfordOxfordshire and River Thames

Brasenose Lane in Oxford city centre, a street onto which three colleges back.
The University of Oxford's Chemistry Research Laboratory.
A statue of Old Father Thames by Raffaelle Monti at St John's Lock, Lechlade
19th-century view of the High Street in Oxford.
The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, a ‘textbook’ example of the English medieval manor house.
Sculpture of Tamesis. Downstream keystone of the central arch of Henley Bridge
View from Carfax Tower
Wantage Market Place
The marker stone at the official source of the River Thames named Thames Head near Kemble
Wellington Square, the name of which has become synonymous with the university's central administration
The Seven Springs source
Map of Oxford
The Thames Barrier provides protection against floods
Oxford Malmaison Hotel
The Thames passes by some of the sights of London, including the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye
The Divinity School at the Bodleian Library
The Thames passing through the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
The Ashmolean Museum
The Jubilee River at Slough Weir
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
St John's Lock, near Lechlade
Galleries at the Museum of Natural History
The River Thames in Oxford
Museum of the History of Science
London Stone at Staines, built in 1285 marked the customs limit of the Thames and the City of London's jurisdiction
The Pitt Rivers Museum
Waterstand of Thames at low tide (left) and high tide (right) in comparison at Blackfriars Bridge in London
Oxford Botanic Garden
London City Airport is on the site of a dock
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
European LGM refuges, 20,000 years ago. The Thames was a minor river that joined the Rhine, in the southern North Sea basin at this time.
Sheldonian Theatre
A geological map of the London Basin; the London Clay is marked in dark brown
Carfax Tower at Carfax, the junction of the High Street, Queen Street, Cornmarket and St Aldate's streets at what is considered by many to be the centre of the city
The confluence of the Rivers Thames and Brent. The narrowboat is heading up the River Brent. From this point as far as Hanwell the Brent has been canalised and shares its course with the main line of the Grand Union Canal. From Hanwell the Brent can be traced to various sources in the Barnet area.
Night view of High Street with Christmas lights – one of Oxford's main streets
Swan Upping – skiffs surround the swans
Floral display in Oxford city centre in 2001
Fishing at Penton Hook Island
The Headington Shark
The Tower of London begun in the 11th century, with Tower Bridge, built 800 years later
The air traffic control tower at Oxford Airport
A 1616 engraving by Claes Van Visscher showing the Old London Bridge, with St Mary's Overie (over-the-river), now Southwark Cathedral in the foreground
Oxford Bus Company hybrid bus on a park & ride service
River Thames frost fair, circa 1685
Oxford Bus Company flywheel energy storage bus on a BrookesBus service
Michael Faraday giving his card to Father Thames, caricature commenting on a letter of Faraday's on the state of the river in The Times in July 1855
Oxford railway station, in the city centre
Satirical cartoon by William Heath, showing a woman observing monsters in a drop of London water (at the time of the Commission on the London Water Supply report, 1828)
Oxford Parkway Station, on the outskirts near Kidlington
The Thames as it flows through east London, with the Isle of Dogs in the centre
The M40 extension
Houseboats on the River Thames, in the St Margaret's, Twickenham district
Sheldonian Theatre in 2009
Passenger service on the River Thames
Somerville College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford
The London Cable Car, over the River Thames
Keble College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford
Pool of London looking west, from the high-level walkway on Tower Bridge. Click on the picture for a longer description
All Souls' College looking east up the High Street from St Mary's Church
A container ship unloading at Northfleet Hope terminal, Tilbury
The Bridge of Sighs links sections of Hertford College: as seen from New College Lane with the Sheldonian Theatre in the background
A ship heading downstream past Coryton Refinery
University Church of St Mary the Virgin as seen from Radcliffe Square
Rubbish traps are used on the Thames to filter debris as it flows through central London
Broad Street, showing the main entrances to Trinity and Balliol Colleges, and obliquely, the frontage of Exeter College from the Sheldonian Theatre
Newbridge, in rural Oxfordshire
Merton College Chapel and Corpus Christi College as viewed from the Oriel Square entrance to Merton Street
The Railway bridge at Maidenhead
High Street as viewed from St Mary's, looking east, with Magdalen College in the distant background
The Millennium Footbridge with St Paul's Cathedral in the background
Summer in the Botanic Garden
Cambridge cross the finish line ahead of Oxford in the 2007 Boat Race, viewed from Chiswick Bridge
Kassam Stadium
Thames Raters at Raven's Ait, Surbiton
The Manor Ground off London Road in Headington.
A seal in the river at St Saviour's Dock, London
Rowing at Summer Eights, an annual intercollegiate bumps race
The flooded Canvey Island sea front, amusements and residential areas in 1953
Houses of Parliament Sunlight Effect (Le Parlement effet de soleil) – Claude Monet
Men's 1st VIII Summer Eights 2007 coxed by Acer Nethercott
The first Westminster Bridge as painted by Canaletto in 1746.
Speedway racing at Cowley in 1980
The River Thames from Richmond House by Canaletto, 1747
Christ Church Cathedral
Maidenhead Railway Bridge as Turner saw it in 1844
Choir and organ of Christ Church Cathedral
Monet's Trouée de soleil dans le brouillard, Houses of Parliament, London, Sun Breaking Through the Fog, 1904
Whistler's Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Old Battersea Bridge (c. 1872–1875)
Foggy Morning on the Thames – James Hamilton (between 1872 and 1878)
Boating on the Thames - John Lavery, circa 1890

It is the county town and only city of Oxfordshire.

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From the west it flows through Oxford (where it is sometimes called the Isis), Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor.

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As well as the city of Oxford, other centres of population are Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington and Chipping Norton to the north of Oxford; Carterton and Witney to the west; Thame and Chinnor to the east; and Abingdon-on-Thames, Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames to the south.

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Originally of strategic significance due to its controlling location on the upper reaches of the River Thames at its junction with the River Cherwell, the town grew in national importance during the early Norman period, and in the late 12th century became home to the fledgling University of Oxford.

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Oxfordshire was recorded as a county in the early years of the 10th century and lies between the River Thames to the south, the Cotswolds to the west, the Chilterns to the east and the Midlands to the north, with spurs running south to Henley-on-Thames and north to Banbury.

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Sculptures titled Tamesis and Isis by Anne Seymour Damer can be found on the bridge at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire (the original terracotta and plaster models were exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, in 1785.

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Reading, Berkshire

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Town and borough in Berkshire, South-East England.

Town and borough in Berkshire, South-East England.

The earliest map of Reading, published in 1611 by John Speed
View of Reading from Caversham by Joseph Farington in 1793
Reading Town Hall
Current boundaries of the Borough of Reading
The gateway as restored in 2018
River Kennet during the 2007 floods at the riverside level of The Oracle
Borough of Reading population growth rate from 1801 to 2011
Reading International Business Park. This crescent of offices beside the A33 are home to Verizon, a telecommunications company. They were formerly the European headquarters of WorldCom before its demise
The front of the store on Broad Street
The central lake makes a virtue of the necessity of flood alleviation measures
Green Park wind turbine viewed from Lime Square
Aerial view of Reading Festival 2007
The Abbey Gateway, where Jane Austen went to school
The Maiwand Lion in Forbury Gardens
The Royal Berkshire Hospital original frontage, built in 1839 with bath stone
The former hospitium
The River Thames from Caversham Bridge looking eastwards
Aerial view of Reading station in August 2014
A Great Western Railway with a service to London
Reading station platforms showing new footbridge
Part of the University of Reading's main Whiteknights Campus
Entrance to the Museum
The rear garden, with the original East Thorpe House in the centre
St Mary's Church tower, chequered with flint and ashlar
The interior of the ruined chapter house
The Madejski Stadium, home of Reading Football Club
The Madejski Stadium as viewed from the stadium's north stand.
The Voco Reading Hotel, pictured when still known as the Millennium Madejski
The Reading Half Marathon 2004 climbing Russell Street in West Reading

Located in the Thames Valley at the confluence of the rivers Thames and Kennet, the Great Western Main Line railway and the M4 motorway serve the town.

Reading is 40 mi east of Swindon, 28 mi south of Oxford, 40 mi west of London, 15 mi north of Basingstoke, 13 mi southwest of Maidenhead and 15 mi east of Newbury.

The town continued to expand in the 20th century, annexing Caversham across the River Thames in Oxfordshire in 1911.

Long Alley Almshouses next to St Helen's parish church


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Long Alley Almshouses next to St Helen's parish church
County Hall, completed in 1680
Abingdon Bridge spans the River Thames. It was built in 1416 and much altered in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
The Long Gallery at Abingdon Abbey
St Helen's parish church from across the Thames
Children running for a bun in 2006
A sign in Abingdon-on-Thames’ town centre showing directions to nearby locations

Abingdon-on-Thames, commonly known as Abingdon, is a historic market town and civil parish in the ceremonial county of Oxfordshire, England, on the River Thames.

The name seems to mean 'Hill of a man named Æbba, or a woman named Æbbe', possibly the saint to whom St Ebbe's Church in Oxford was dedicated (Æbbe of Coldingham or a different Æbbe of Oxford).

River Cherwell

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The River Cherwell near Edgcote, Northamptonshire
View upstream as the River Cherwell (flowing under the bridge) is joined by the Oxford Canal (coming from the right)
Punts on the river at Oxford
The punt rollers at "Mesopotamia" on the River Cherwell in Oxford

The River Cherwell ( or ) is a tributary of the River Thames in central England.

It rises near Hellidon, Northamptonshire and flows southwards for 40 mi to meet the Thames at Oxford in Oxfordshire.

Oxford Canal

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The canal and locks at Hillmorton
Geographic map of the Oxford Canal (zoom in to see detail)
A canal boat on the canal near Brinklow on the long stretch between Coventry and Rugby.
The Oxford Canal passes mainly through the Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire countryside, and is often considered to be one of the most scenic canals in Britain. The construction of the Oxford Canal in 1790 aided Banbury's growth. The shot is taken at Tooley's Boatyard, Banbury.
The abandoned tunnel at Newbold on the old route of the canal
Looking from the Oxford Canal towards Jericho, with the campanile tower of St Barnabas Church in the background.

The Oxford Canal is a 78 mi narrowboat canal in central England linking the City of Oxford with the Coventry Canal at Hawkesbury (just north of Coventry and south of Bedworth) via Banbury and Rugby.

Completed in 1790, it connects to the River Thames at Oxford, and links with the Grand Union Canal, which it is combined with for 5 mi between to the villages of Braunston and Napton-on-the-Hill.

The Oxford Canal traverses Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and east Warwickshire through broad, shallow valleys and lightly rolling hills; the canal's route northeast and then northwest forms part of the Warwickshire ring.

Ruins in the Wallingford Castle Gardens

Wallingford, Oxfordshire

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Ruins in the Wallingford Castle Gardens
Catherine of Valois
King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria
Colonel Thomas Blagge
General Thomas Fairfax
Sir William Blackstone
Wallingford Bridge
St Peter's Church
St Mary-le-More from the rear
St Leonards Church
Wallingford War Memorial
Wallingford Town Hall
The Corn Exchange
Winterbrook House
Flint house
Wallingford Museum
Castle Street and High Street corner
Waitrose branch
Wallingford Sports Park
Wallingford Rowing Club
Dancing in the Market Square, Wallingford, at BunkFest

Wallingford is an historic market town and civil parish located between Oxford and Reading on the River Thames in England.

Although belonging to the historic county of Berkshire, it is within the ceremonial county of Oxfordshire for administrative purposes (since 1974) as a result of the 1972 Local Government Act.