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The Thames

The Thames
Aerial view of the Thames at dusk © TopFoto.co.uk

Take a journey with ICONS along the Thames, from its source in Gloucestershire to its emptying into the sea at Essex. The river has seen Viking longboats and coronation barges float along it, been spanned by a wobbly bridge and made safe with a gigantic flood barrier.

Made dirty with sewage and industrial pollution in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Thames has now cleaned up its act, and has welcomed back many species of fish that hadn't been seen in its waters for generations. At the beginning of 2006, there was even a bottlenose whale...