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Walton Bridge in the 1920s

Following on from last week’s Riverwatch in which I outlined an idea for closing off Walton Lane at the Walton Bridge end that was put forward by Doug Myers from Weybridge, I’ve had a note from Nick Pollard, the chairman of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society.

An oarsome relationship

Rowing as part of the crew of an eight can be an exhilarating experience

I knew from a very young age that I loved the water. It didn’t matter whether it was pottering about in a small rowing dinghy on the Thames at Twickenham where I was born or flinging myself through breaking waves on the beach at Holland on Sea in Essex where we used to stay with my uncle and aunt most summers – I just loved the water.

Ice-breaker in wartime UK

Thames Conservancy tug icebreaking

For some time now, my good friend Peter Bailey at the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society has been reminding me that in the society’s Aladdin’s Cave of treasures about the history of the river and the surrounding area, they’ve had these four photos of the Thames frozen over in 1940.

Looking the part when on the river

As regular readers of this column will doubtless have gathered by now, I’m a keen student of the history of the Thames in these parts and I love reading accounts of life on the river from days gone by.

Walk yourself better

News of a couple of riverside walks taking place in the near future is top of the agenda this week.

Tanks for the memory

It never ceases to amaze me what you good people can dig up when it comes to the history of the Thames in Surrey and Middlesex.