Bay Willow Herb
|Rose Bay Willow Herb
path takes you up over a footbridge which crosses the River Kennet.
Where the River Kennet runs under the railway and joins the Thames there
was once an Anglo-Saxon cemetery. “Reading” derives its name from the
Anglo-Saxon root “Reada's inga” (People of Reada – the Reada Tribal settlement),
growing in the Dark Ages following the departure of the Roman legions
in 410 AD.
you stand, you are looking across the flood plain of the River Thames,
a view very different now from that 21 thousand years ago, when the gravels
under your feet were being deposited.
river had a broad plain. Not one channel but many channels that flowed
fast with the Spring snow melt, more sluggishly at other times, and then
frigid and deep frozen during long winters.
At this time
Britain was in the grip of the last glaciation, with a major ice sheet
extending across Scotland, Wales, Northern England and the Wash, its spring
thaws feeding the Thames with coarse gravel flushed in with melt-water
floods. Migratory reindeer and bison herds, tormented by billions of biting
flies, grazed during the cool summers, when new stone age hunters (our
direct ancestors) came to the area to hunt.
TO PROFESSOR BRUCE SELLWOOD OF READING UNIVERSITY FOR ALL OF HIS HELP
WITH THIS WALK