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THE THAMES, CHIEF ARTERY OF COMMERCE AT THE HEART OF AN EMPIRE

THE THAMES, CHIEF ARTERY OF COMMERCE AT THE HEART OF AN EMPIRE

The importance of Westminster (bottom) was originally due to the width and consequent shallowness of the river hereabouts, which enabled a ford to be established. The Romans made their Watling Street from Dover to Chester cross the river here. Edward the Confessor built his Palace near by and William Rufus set up Westminster Hall. Thus Westminster has for a thousand years been associated with royalty, power and government. The Upper Pool (top), above Tower Bridge, is the highest point to which big ships ascend in the Port of London.

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WHERE ROCHESTER STANDS ON THE MEDWAY, LARGEST TRIBUTARY OF THE THAMES

THE WYE FROM SYMONDS YAT AND THE THAMES FROM AN AEROPLANE

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