Maidenhead has always been important in terms of transport links, with the Brunel railway bridge crossing the Thames here, as well as the road from London to Bath, with many coaching inns in the town.
The Crown Inn at Marlow in the Market Place has in recent years been renamed The Market Bar. The Thames Pilot website features many illustrations relating to the Thames, including a picture of this pub around 1900, under the name Town Hall Crown Hotel.
Jerome K. Jerome lived near the Thames at Marlow in his later life.
The narrator, J., does his best to distract his friend Harris, who is very keen to visit monuments in the churches they pass. Visiting such monuments is not to J.’s taste, though he concedes that Bisham church may be worth a visit. All Saints Church at Bisham stands right on the bank of the Thames.
Much of the early church was destroyed during heavy-handed restoration in 1849, but a 16th-century chapel survives. This is known as the Hoby Chapel because of a spectacular collection of monuments belonging to that family, including one of Lady Elizabeth Hoby who died in 1609.
The Hell-fire club was one name given to the mid-18th century club of Sir Francis Dashwood. It was known by various other names, including the Monks of Medmenham, as meetings were held in Medmenham Abbey on the Thames.
Montmorency is a fox-terrier, who accompanies the three on their Thames trip. At Marlow he gets involved with a cat, and Jerome typically digresses with an incident in London involving another fox-terrier and various other dogs, who caused a chaotic scene.
There are now very few steamboats on the Thames, but the SL Nuneham is a Victorian example, built in 1898, that has been restored.
Wargrave is a picturesque riverside village. This stretch of river is said to be one of the inspirations for Kenneth Grahame's book Wind in the Willows.
The picturesque Bull Inn is on the High Street of Sonning, Berkshire, close to the Thames. Dating to the 16th century, it looks like everyone's idea of a traditional English pub.
The main ingredients of Irish stew are meat and potatoes, with any other vegetables to hand, but definitely not with any old leftovers thrown in.