River Thame


River Thame

Geobox|River
name = Thame
native_name =
other_name =
other_name1 =


image_size =
image_caption = River Thame south of Dorchester (wider than usual because of flood waters)
etymology =
country_

country = England
country1 =
state =
state1 =
region_type = Counties
region = Buckinghamshire
region1 = Oxfordshire
region2 =
district_type = Districts / Boroughs
district =
district1 =
district2 =
district3 =
city_type = Towns
city = Aylesbury
city1 = Dorchester
city2 =
city3 =
city4 =
landmark =
landmark1 =
landmark2 =
landmark3 =
landmark4 =
length = 65
watershed =
discharge_location =
discharge =
discharge_max =
discharge_max_note =
discharge_min =
discharge_min_note =
discharge1_location =
discharge1_average =
discharge2_location =
discharge2_average =
discharge3_location =
discharge3_average =
discharge4_location =
discharge4_average =
source_name =
source_location = Vale of Aylesbury
source_district =
source_region =
source_state =
source_country =
source_lat_d =
source_lat_m =
source_lat_s =
source_lat_NS =
source_long_d =
source_long_m =
source_long_s =
source_long_EW =
source_elevation =
source_length_imperial =
mouth_name = River Thames
mouth_location = Dorchester
mouth_district =
mouth_region =
mouth_state =
mouth_country =
mouth_lat_d =
mouth_lat_m =
mouth_lat_s =
mouth_lat_NS =
mouth_long_d =
mouth_long_m =
mouth_long_s =
mouth_long_EW =
mouth_elevation =
tributary_left =
tributary_left1 =
tributary_left2 =
tributary_left3 =
tributary_left4 =
tributary_right =
tributary_right1 =
tributary_right2 =
tributary_right3 =
tributary_right4 =
free_name =
free_value =


map_size =
map_caption =Rivers Thame (cyan) and Thames (blue) in south-east England

The River Thame (pronounced as "tame") is a river in southern England. It is now considered a tributary of the larger and better-known River Thames and should not be confused with it by the similarity of names.

The general course of the River Thame is north-east to south-west and the distance from its source to the River Thames is about 40 miles (65km). It flows through the English counties of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The River Thame's source is several small streams which rise in the Vale of Aylesbury on the north side of the Chiltern Hills. These streams converge north-east of Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire. Aylesbury played an important role in the English Civil War when John Hampden (the town's Member of Parliament) defended Aylesbury at the Battle of Holman's Bridge, which crosses the Thame to the north of Aylesbury, in 1642.

The vale streams converge very close to the new village of Watermead. After leaving Watermead, the River Thame flows through farmland passing the small villages of Nether Winchendon and Chearsley before reaching the market town of Thame with which it shares its name. Thame is about convert|15|mi|km east of Oxford and grew from an Anglo-Saxon settlement beside the river. In Anglo-Saxon times, Thame was in the Diocese of Dorchester.

From the town of Thame, the River Thame swings southward and after passing the villages of Great Milton and Stadhampton, its valley widens out. In this area in 1642 and 1643, the river acted as an important line of defence for Royalist Oxford. The bridges at Wheatley, Cuddesdon Mill and Chiselhampton were key crossing points, with Chiselhampton bridge playing a critical part in Prince Rupert's movements before and after the Battle of Chalgrove Field. [ [http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1842126393 History of the Great Civil War: 1642-1644 Vol 1 by Samuel R Gardiner] ]

The River Thame then reaches the small town of Dorchester, Oxfordshire (not to be confused with Dorchester, Dorset). There was a Romano-British settlement here and the town itself is of Anglo-Saxon origin. The Saxon cathedral in Dorchester was later superseded by Dorchester Abbey, which is preserved.

A mile south of Dorchester, the River Thame flows into the River Thames on the reach above Benson Lock. Correctly, the Thames is named the River Isis until this point, and only after the confluence is the river named the Thames, a name derived from the contraction of the names of the 2 rivers - "Thame-Isis" becoming the Latin "Tamesis", and thence the English version.Fact|date=August 2008 Current Ordnance Survey maps label the Thames as "River Thames or Isis" until Dorchester.

ee also

*List of rivers of England
*River Tame

References

River item line|upstream=Wilts & Berks Canal (south)
downstream=River Pang (south)


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • River Thame — Thame (fleuve) La Thame est un affluent de la Tamise, en Angleterre. Elle prend sa source dans l Aylesbury Vale (Buckinghamshire) sur le versant nord des Chilterns, arrose Thame et Dorchester avant de se jeter dans l Isis vers Benson Lock pour… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • River Tame — is a Celtic river name, used in England to refer to:*River Tame, Greater Manchester, a river that meets the Goyt to form the Mersey *River Tame, West Midlands, a tributary of the Trent *River Tame, North Yorkshire, a tributary of the Leven and… …   Wikipedia

  • River Thames — Thames redirects here. For other uses, see Thames (disambiguation). Coordinates: 51°29′56″N 0°36′31″E / 51.4989°N 0.6087°E / 5 …   Wikipedia

  • Thame — infobox UK place country = England latitude= 51.75 longitude= 0.97 official name= Thame population= 10,886 shire district= South Oxfordshire shire county = Oxfordshire region= South East Englandconstituency westminster= Henley post town= THAME… …   Wikipedia

  • River Lyde, Buckinghamshire — The River Lyde is a river in Buckinghamshire and tributary of the River Thame. It rises at springs in Bledlow (which takes its name from the river) then flows due north west to join the Cuttle Brook about a mile east of Towersey in Oxfordshire.… …   Wikipedia

  • River Teme — Geobox|River name = River Teme native name = other name = Welsh: Afon Tefeidiad other name1 = |200px image size = image caption = The River Teme at Ludlow, Shropshire country = Wales country country1 = England country1 County = County1 = region …   Wikipedia

  • River Pang — Geobox|River name = Pang native name = other name = other name1 = image size = image caption = The River Pang in Pangbourne etymology = country country = England country1 = state = state1 = region type = Counties region = Berkshire region1 =… …   Wikipedia

  • River Ouzel — River Lovat redirects here. For the river in Russia, see Lovat River. River Ouzel between Northall and Billington. The River Ouzel ( …   Wikipedia

  • Thame — This is one of the earliest locational names which originates in Ancient Britain, i.e. pre the Roman Invasion of 54 A.D., but in fact is cognate with the Sinskrit (Indian) Tamasa meaning The Dark River . The modern surnames of Tame, Thame and… …   Surnames reference

  • River Tame, Greater Manchester — Infobox River river name = River Tame |200px caption = River Tame, seen here near Reddish Vale. origin = Denshaw, Greater Manchester mouth = River Mersey basin countries = England length = elevation = mouth elevation = 40m [cite web url =… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.