Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The River Thames’ remarkable tale

If you are on the banks of the Thames, enjoying one of the many extraordinary events London has to offer this summer, spare a thought for the river itself, which was once the capital's principal transport artery.

The Thames was once the "noblest river in Europe", according to The Spectator's Joseph Addison in 1712.

Yet by 1858 it had become "a Stygian pool reeking with ineffable and unbearable horror", as described by former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in 1858.

Here's my BBC News feature on the remarkable history of a river.

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