" joined one of the Lea boating clubs "
The River Lea (or Lee) is a major tributary of the Thames. It rises at Leagrave near Luton in Bedfordshire and enters the Thames almost opposite the Millennium Dome, via the Limehouse Cut (close to where Jerome lived in Poplar as a child).
" The town itself is a famous old place "
Thames at Reading - Credit: Chris Wood
In Jerome's day, Reading was known as an industrial town
, but it has had a long and eventful history