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Thames Collection

"Exploring the Rich History and Beauty of the Thames" Step back in time to 1845, as HMS Erebus and HMS Terror set sail on their ill-fated Arctic expedition

Background imageThames Collection: Swans, Windsor Bridge, Henley

Swans, Windsor Bridge, Henley
Mute swans feed from a pontoon near the Windsor Bridge across the River Thames, Henley, Berkshire, UK. First published The Sunday Times Date: 1989

Background imageThames Collection: A survey of the Kings lordship or manor of East Greenwich, 1695-1812 (technical drawing, paper)

A survey of the Kings lordship or manor of East Greenwich, 1695-1812 (technical drawing, paper)
7339538 A survey of the Kings lordship or manor of East Greenwich, 1695-1812 (technical drawing, paper) by Travers, Samuel (17th century); 53x54 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageThames Collection: Greenwich from Blackwall Reach, c.1830-40 (oil on canvas)

Greenwich from Blackwall Reach, c.1830-40 (oil on canvas)
7337801 Greenwich from Blackwall Reach, c.1830-40 (oil on canvas) by British School, (19th century); 55.9x77.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageThames Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20107611

EyeUbiquitous_20107611
England, London, Greenwich, people on the 02 Arena rooftop walkway

Background imageThames Collection: View of All Saints Church, Fulham, London, 1836. Artist: Andrew Picken

View of All Saints Church, Fulham, London, 1836. Artist: Andrew Picken
View of All Saints Church, Fulham, London, 1836

Background imageThames Collection: MCH671406

MCH671406
A view from the Emirates Airline of the 02 Arena at sunset with Canary Wharf and the London skyline in the background

Background imageThames Collection: HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, 1845

HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, 1845
Engraving showing HMS Erebus (left) and HMS Terror, pictured on the River Thames, 1845. In 1845 the British Admiralty sent two polar exploration ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

Background imageThames Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern, 1857, printed 1863-64

Background imageThames Collection: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThames Collection: England, Oxfordshire, Henley-on-Thames, Boathouses and Rowers on River Thames

England, Oxfordshire, Henley-on-Thames, Boathouses and Rowers on River Thames

Background imageThames Collection: Tate & Lyle Refinery

Tate & Lyle Refinery
A coastal barge sailing by the famous Tate and Lyle sugar refinery works, Plaistow Wharf, off Silvertown, North Woolwich, east London

Background imageThames Collection: Folly Ditch, Jacobs Island, (c1878). Creator: Unknown

Folly Ditch, Jacobs Island, (c1878). Creator: Unknown
Folly Ditch, Jacobs Island, (c1878). Jacobs Island, a notorious slum on the south bank of the River Thames in Bermondsey, London, was made famous in Charles Dickenss novel Oliver Twist

Background imageThames Collection: Thames Mudlarks

Thames Mudlarks
Barefoot mudlarks scavenging in the Thames at low water

Background imageThames Collection: View over the Thames from Richmond Hill, Richmond, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

View over the Thames from Richmond Hill, Richmond, Surrey, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThames Collection: Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station
The chimneys of Battersea Power Station, view across the River Thames, from Chelsea Reach, London

Background imageThames Collection: Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThames Collection: Westminster Bridge and St Thomas Hospital, London

Westminster Bridge and St Thomas Hospital, London Date: circa 1885

Background imageThames Collection: LCC-LFB fireboat Massey Shaw, Westminster, London

LCC-LFB fireboat Massey Shaw, Westminster, London
A publicity photograph of the Massey Shaw fireboat with the Houses of Parliament in the background, used by the London County Council to promote the London Fire Brigade in its publications

Background imageThames Collection: THAMES BARGE SARA

THAMES BARGE SARA
Calm waters, a fine impression of the sailing barge Sara on the River Thames, England. Date: 1960s

Background imageThames Collection: River Thames and Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

River Thames and Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThames Collection: Krakatoa sunsets, 1883 artworks

Krakatoa sunsets, 1883 artworks
Krakatoa sunsets. Artwork of the spectacular red and orange sunsets caused in London, England, by the August 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a volcano thousands of kilometres away in Indonesia

Background imageThames Collection: Henley on Thames, Bridge and River Boat, Oxfordshire, England

Henley on Thames, Bridge and River Boat, Oxfordshire, England

Background imageThames Collection: Thames Sailing Barge

Thames Sailing Barge
A Thames sailing barge is a type of commercial sailing boat once common on the River Thames in London. The flat-bottomed barges with a shallow draught and leeboards

Background imageThames Collection: The Prospect of Whitby

The Prospect of Whitby
Painting of the famous old down river inn in Shadwell whose door opens onto Wapping Wall. Said to have a long history, it was claimed that pirates were hanged there. The pub still exists today

Background imageThames Collection: River Thames at Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

River Thames at Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThames Collection: Kingston-Upon-Thames

Kingston-Upon-Thames
The Market Place, Kingston- upon-Thames, Surrey, England, on a busy market day

Background imageThames Collection: Thames / Wapping Old Stair

Thames / Wapping Old Stair
A busy scene at Wapping Old Stairs

Background imageThames Collection: Eel Pie Island from Twickenham

Eel Pie Island from Twickenham
View of Eel Pie island on the Tideway at Twickenham. Date: 1938

Background imageThames Collection: A Dalek emerges from the river Thames at the jetty near Battersea Church Road

A Dalek emerges from the river Thames at the jetty near Battersea Church Road
in a scene from Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD

Background imageThames Collection: London, The Shard and Tower Bridge

London, The Shard and Tower Bridge
UK, England, London, River Thames, The Shard and Tower Bridge

Background imageThames Collection: Hammersmith Bridge

Hammersmith Bridge, west London, was the first suspension bridge over the River Thames. It was designed by noted civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. Date: completed 1887

Background imageThames Collection: UK, London, The City, Waterloo Bridge over River Thames

UK, London, The City, Waterloo Bridge over River Thames
UK, London, The City and St. Pauls Cathedral, Waterloo Bridge over River Thames

Background imageThames Collection: St Pauls Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge, London, England, United Kingdom

St Pauls Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThames Collection: GWR Publicity Poster, London, 1946

GWR Publicity Poster, London, 1946
The poster was produced by the GWR just after the Second World War. It was designed by Frank Henry Mason. The huge dome of St Pauls Cathedral dominates the skyline

Background imageThames Collection: The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Creator: Johan Zoffany

The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Creator: Johan Zoffany
The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Portrait of the musical and aptly named Sharps aboard their sailing barge Apollo on the River Thames at Fulham in London: Mary Lloyd-Baker (nee Sharp)

Background imageThames Collection: Royal Hospital, Chelsea - The Colonnade

Royal Hospital, Chelsea - The Colonnade Date: circa 1910s

Background imageThames Collection: Agas Map of London, c1561

Agas Map of London, c1561. Sheet 10, showing part of Southwark, London Bridge, ships on the River Thames, part of the City of London and the Tower of London with its moat

Background imageThames Collection: Old pub on the River Thames, London, 1926-1927

Old pub on the River Thames, London, 1926-1927. An old tavern on the riverside at Limehouse. Illustration from Wonderful London, edited by Arthur St John Adcock, Volume I

Background imageThames Collection: The Thames Tunnel between Wapping and Rotherhithe

The Thames Tunnel between Wapping and Rotherhithe, designed and constructed by Marc Isambard Brunel. circa 1840s

Background imageThames Collection: One of the Famly - a horse joins a family meal

One of the Famly - a horse joins a family meal
One of the Family by Frederick George Cotman (original in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool). Cotman painted this romantic scene of rustic domestic life at the Black Boy Inn at Hurley on Thames

Background imageThames Collection: LFDCA-LFB Lambeth HQ and Lambeth river station

LFDCA-LFB Lambeth HQ and Lambeth river station
A modernised Lambeth river fire station and the new fireboat London Phoenix, seen here from the north bank of the River Thames

Background imageThames Collection: Festival of Britain

Festival of Britain
The brand new Royal Festival Hall and South Bank Exhibition with the Dome of Discovery on the right, seen from across the river Thames

Background imageThames Collection: HMS Belfast moored near Tower Bridge on the Thames, London, England, United Kingdom

HMS Belfast moored near Tower Bridge on the Thames, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThames Collection: HMS Brazen, passing through Tower Bridge

HMS Brazen, passing through Tower Bridge
HMS Brazen, Royal Navy Frigate ship leaving London, passing through Tower Bridge

Background imageThames Collection: Maidenhead bridge & Skindles hotel

Maidenhead bridge & Skindles hotel
The riverside town of Maidenhead in Berkshire showing the seven-arched bridge constructed in 1772 and the famous Skindles hotel, known in former days as the Orkney Arms

Background imageThames Collection: An Exact Delineation of the cities of London and Westminster and the suburbs (engraving)

An Exact Delineation of the cities of London and Westminster and the suburbs (engraving)
XJF2639696 An Exact Delineation of the cities of London and Westminster and the suburbs (engraving) by Faithorne, William (1616-91) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageThames Collection: Tower of London in the late Middle Ages

Tower of London in the late Middle Ages
London during the time of Henry VII (1457-1509). Color lithograph reproduction of an illuminated manuscript: Roy 16F, ii



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"Exploring the Rich History and Beauty of the Thames" Step back in time to 1845, as HMS Erebus and HMS Terror set sail on their ill-fated Arctic expedition. The Thames witnessed their departure, forever etching their names into its storied waters. Marvel at Isambard Kingdom Brunel's genius as he stands proudly before the launching chains of the Great Eastern. This engineering marvel would go on to revolutionize maritime travel, leaving an indelible mark on the history of the Thames. Travel downstream to Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, where boathouses line its banks and rowers gracefully glide across its shimmering surface. Here, tradition meets athleticism in a picturesque setting that epitomizes English charm. Transport yourself to post-war London with a GWR publicity poster from 1946. Promoting travel along the Thames, it captures a moment of hope and rebuilding after years of turmoil. Delve into Victorian London's underbelly with Folly Ditch and Jacobs Island. These haunting images transport us to a bygone era when poverty-stricken neighborhoods lined the riverbanks – a stark reminder of both hardship and resilience. Discover another side of life along the Thames with mudlarks – individuals who scavenge for treasures amidst its muddy shores. Their stories offer glimpses into centuries past, connecting us intimately with this iconic waterway's heritage. Witness elegance personified aboard THAMES BARGE SARA as it glides effortlessly through choppy waters. A symbol of trade and commerce throughout history, these barges were vital lifelines for transporting goods along this majestic river. Immerse yourself in industrial grandeur at Tate & Lyle Refinery – an architectural masterpiece rising above the riverbank skyline. Its towering presence reminds us how industry has shaped not only London but also our relationship with this mighty watercourse. Ascend Richmond Hill in Surrey for breathtaking views over the meandering Thames.