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Published on Jun 24, 2010
This is taken from the very fine book London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd. It was the nearest book to hand, I just started reading at random. :) Yeah, it's not the greatest reading, but I was nervous about someone walking in on me reading aloud to myself, ha. No copyright infringement is intended. "Chapter 57: You Cannot Take The Thames With You -- It has always been the river of commerce. The watercress-growers of Gravesent, the biscuit-bakers and store-shippers of Tooley Street, the ship-chandlers of Wapping, the block-makers and rope-makers of Limehouse, all owe their trades to the Thames. The great paintings of its business, with its warehouses, refiners, breweries and builders' yards, all bear testimony to its power and authority. Its predominance within the city was understood long before the Romans came. Copper and tin were transported along it as early as the third millenium BC; as a result of commerce upon the river the area comprising London acquired, by 1500 BC, supremacy over the region of Wessex. That is perhaps why ceremonial objects were thrown into its waters, where they lay hidden until recent archaeological discoveries." copyright 2000 by Peter Ackroyd