Thames Guardian

 Thames Guardian Spring 2017

The River Thames Society publishes Thames Guardian, the colourful quarterly magazine looking at all aspects of the river. Each issue includes several pages of news, features reflecting life and traditions on the river, a comprehensive diary of events and activities, and regular reports from the Society and its five branches. All members receive each issue through the post.

Thames Guardian also helps publicise the Society’s campaigns, and recent articles have supported efforts to halt the proposed sale of lock-keeper’s houses and have promoted plans for major riverside clean-ups. Each issue describes the varied work of the Society’s members and supporters and readers can enjoy their regular tales from the riverbank. Advertisements are welcome.

Editor: Sarah Henshaw


Exploring the Thames Wilderness

Exploring the Thames Wilderness

Thames Rivers Trust (TRT) and the River Thames Society (RTS) have collaborated to produce the first ever guide to the green spaces accessible to the public along the entire length of the river.

Exploring the Thames Wilderness by RTS members Wendy Yorke and Dick Mayon-White contains a wealth of information on more than 150 of the best places along the river to see wildlife and enjoy natural beauty. Illustrated with maps and photos, the guide gives all the information needed to visit each site, including how to get there, what plants and wildlife to look out for, car parking, toilets and activities that you can do. The guide costs just £14.99 and is available through most usual outlets. It will also be on sale at Thames events where RTS has a stand.  Royalties on each copy sold go to help TRT and RTS in our work to protect and improve the Thames and its tributaries. Our thanks go to Thames Water for sponsoring the production of this guidebook.


Books by other RTS members:


The Golden Thread: The River Thames from Source to Sea by Patrick Ward 

 Writing the Thames

Writing the Thames by Christina Hardyment

London in fragments

London in Fragments by Ted Sandling

Panorama of the Thames

Panorama of the Thames by John R. Inglis & Jill Sanders

Eyots and Aits

Eyots and Aits by Miranda Vickers

Walking the Thames Path

Walking the Thames Path by Leigh Hatts



RTS Policy Towards Houseboats

Houseboats are seen by some as one of the answers to the housing shortage, and by others as a way to make a quick profit. Whatever, the number and variety of Thames houseboats seems to be increasing. The RTS has drafted a policy statement about houseboats on the Thames, updating a policy from 35 years ago. Click here to see the full report.

Advice for Houseboat Buyers

Hilary Pereira, RTS member and chair of the Upper Tideway Branch, outlines some of the pitfalls potential houseboat buyers might face and provides a comprehensive list of questions that should be asked prior to contract exchange, from whether the boat and moorings are fit for purpose to what would happen if it all went wrong. Click here to see the full report.

Access to the River Thames: Steps and Stairs

RTS Chairman, Peter Finch, has produced a report detailing Access to the River Thames: Steps, Stairs & Landing Places on the Tidal River. The access points include historic watermen's stairs and drawdocks, together with more modern sites. They are listed by local authority, working downstream, and include 15 London boroughs and five in Essex and Kent.  Click here to see the full report.