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Thames Longest river in England. It rises in the Cotswold Hills, e Gloucestershire, then flows e across s England and through London to enter the North Sea at The Nore. It is tidal up to Teddington. The Thames Conservancy Board controls the freshwater river; the Port of London Authority administers the river below Teddington. The river is navigable for ocean-going vessels below Tilbury. The Thames Barrier (completed 1982) at Woolwich, London, controls the river's tidal system. Length: 338km (210mi).
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