The Nomenclature of the Thames

By David B. Smith, published November 1912


Place names in use on the Thames Chart carry one back to the earliest days of England’s history, as the examples considered here demonstrate. The term ‘Reach’ pre-dates 1536 and most of our river names can be traced to Saxon origin. ‘The Pool’ comes from the Welsh ‘Pwyll’ and the Romans contributed the ‘castra’ of Rochester as well as Reculvers and the ‘street’ in Whitstable Street. The terminations of a number of names give clues to their origin, as with the examples set out here. Some names, however, remain shrouded in mystery.

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