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George Hotel, Pangbourne
Landing stage of the George Hotel, Pangbourne then

Landing Stage, George Hotel, Pangbourne, photograph by Henry Taunt, reproduced by permission of Oxfordshire County Council OCL7157

   
Landing stage of the George Hotel, Pangbourne now
Landing Stage, George Hotel, Pangbourne now, photography by Graham Diprose & Jeff Robins, copyright Graham Diprose & Jeff Robins

"The pool is a noted spot, not only for its beautiful bits, which are in endless variety, but also for its fishing, the deeps of it being stated to harbour large fish; and in olden times it is said that as many as one hundred and fifty trout have been taken out in a single season. The Pangbourne runs into the Thames at this spot; it is renowned for its trout; but as far as fishing is concerned it is private property. . "

Henry Taunt 1885

In the summer, the water just below the toll bridge is busy with youngsters on activity holidays, many having their first experience of canoeing or rowing on the Thames, as the river weaves its magic on yet another generation. The small war canoes, in which a dozen kids have to paddle in time to a drum beat, seem to be particularly popular.

Graham Diprose 2007

The text above are sample extracts from the book; entries for each location are more extensive.

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Outline of the River Thames: the area covered by Henry Taunt’s documentary photographs and maps from the source at Thames Head to the Houses of Parliament