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Coordinates: 51°41′39″N 2°01′47″W / 51.694262°N 2.029724°W / 51.694262; -2.029724

The monument at the traditional source of the Thames. Dry at the time of taking the picture, the Thames would otherwise flow towards the photographer.

Thames Head
Thames Head
is a site in Gloucestershire, traditionally identified as the source of the River Thames, a major river which runs through the centre of London. It lies near the village of Kemble[1] and the town of Cirencester. The elevation of the source is 360 feet (110 m) above sea level. The claim that Thames Head
Thames Head
is the source of the River Thames
River Thames
is disputed. The Environment Agency, the Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey
and other authorities have the source of the Thames as the nearby Trewsbury Mead. Others hold that the true source of the Thames is at Seven Springs, Gloucestershire, some 11 miles (18 km) farther north, and east of Gloucester. Seven Springs is officially the source of the River Churn, which is itself a tributary of the Thames that joins at Cricklade. As it lies further from the mouth of the Thames than Trewsbury Mead, the adoption of Seven Springs as its source would make the Thames the longest river in the UK.[2][3] Monument[edit] A monument beneath an ash tree bears the inscription:

THE CONSERVATORS OF THE RIVER THAMES 1857-1974 THIS STONE WAS PLACED HERE TO MARK THE SOURCE OF THE RIVER THAMES

A nearby basin of stones marks the spring. However, there is usually only water during a wet winter. References[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thames Head.

^ Thames Pathway Ch1, Accessed 15 August 2015 ^ BBC News, Gloucestershire. 15 May 2012 Could the River Thames
River Thames
be longer than the River Severn? by David Bailey ^ Dorothy Hart (9 May 2004). "Seven Springs and the Churn". The-river-thames.co.uk. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 

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River Thames, England

Counties

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Source

Thames Head

Mouth

Thames Estuary

Settlements

Ashton Keynes Cricklade Castle Eaton Lechlade Oxford Abingdon Wallingford Goring-on-Thames Reading Henley-on-Thames Marlow Maidenhead Windsor Eton Staines-upon-Thames Weybridge London Dartford Gravesend Tilbury Canvey Island Southend-on-Sea

Major tributaries

Churn Leach Cole Coln Windrush Evenlode Cherwell Ock Thame Pang Kennet Loddon Colne Wey Mole Brent Wandle Effra Westbourne Fleet Ravensbourne (Deptford Creek) Lea Darent Ingrebourne

Major crossings

Dartford
Dartford
Crossing Blackwall Tunnel Rotherhithe Tunnel Thames Tunnel Tower Bridge London
London
Bridge Millennium Bridge Blackfriars Bridge

Hungerford Bridge Westminster Bridge Teddington Lock Staines Bridge Windsor Bridge Maidenhead
Maidenhead
Railway Bridge Marlow Bridge Folly Bridge (all)

Longest UK rivers

Severn Thames Trent Great Ouse Wye Ure/Ouse Tay Spey Clyde Tweed Avon Nene Eden Dee

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