Thames Avenue, RM9

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Alluding to the River Thames nearby, the area around this street is known as Thames View, seemingly for obvious reasons aside for the fact that there isn’t actually a view of the river from here at ground level. The origins for the name of the Thames have long been lost giving rise to numerous theories. It almost certainly has the same Celtic or even pre-Celtic root as many other British river names such as Thame, in Oxfordshire; Tame in Yorkshire; Tavy, in Devon; Tamar, in Cornwall; Team in Durham; and Teme in mid-Wales, which probably meant dark, referring to the muddy waters. Writing about the river in AD51, Julius Caesar referred to Tamesis, by AD115 it was recorded as Tamesa, Temis in AD683, and Times in AD843.

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