Down by the River: the Thames and Kennet in Reading tells the stories of those who worked on the rivers: millers, bargemasters, lock-keepers, fishermen and boat-builders. And later when the rivers became places of recreation the focus is again on local people enjoying swimming, angling and rowing, individually and in galas, competitions and regattas.
Carefully and thoroughly researched and generously provided with maps, drawings, and contemporary photographs, many not seen before, Gillian Clark writes with local people in mind. This book will interest local and family historians, as well as those with an interest in river activities.
“Gillian Clark is to be congratulated for writing such an interesting and informative account of life on the Thames and Kennet. It is a „must read‟ for anyone with an interest in either the Thames or the Kennet.” ~ Rosemary Stewart Beardsley