Simon Wilcox - writer and editor

Thames Quiz

Twenty questions. You may need to read Mudlark River to answer some of them!

1. What is the name of the place near the beginning of the Thames that is derived from the Saxon word for ‘river source’ or spring?

2. At what point does the river become navigable by boat?

3. Which famous interior designer had a country retreat at Kelmscott?

4. Which bridge close to Oxford saw a famous battle in the English Civil War?

5. Who is regarded as the patron saint of Oxford?

6. Which famous Victorian architect designed the bridge over the Thames at the village of Clifton Hampden in Oxfordshire?

7. Which famous Victorian engineer designed the bridge over the Thames at Maidenhead?

8. Which bridge over the Thames is seen as the prototype for the Szechenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest?

9. Name two pubs along the Thames that featured in Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat?

10. Two hills dominate the horizon as you walk along the river from Abingdon towards Dorchester. What is the name of the famous little wood that stands at the crest of one of them?

11. A statue of a former Viceroy of India stands in a square in Reading. What was the name of the viceroy, and what is the name of the square?

12. Medmenham Abbey along the reaches between Henley and Marlow was home to which notorious eighteenth century club?

13. Which famous artist 20th century artist lived most of his life in the village of Cookham?

14. Which famous document was signed at Runnymede in 1215?

15. What made Eel Pie Island near Twickenham famous in the 1950s and 1960s?

16. What is the name of the last lock on the Thames if you are travelling downstream?

17. Who designed The Shard?

18. When was the Thames Barrier opened?

19. What is the name of the new port being built in the Thames estuary?

20. There are three different photos taken from my journey down the Thames on this website. Can you name the locations?
From Gas Street to the Ganges
Mudlark River
Under the volcano
Georgetown mix