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PUBLISHED: 10:30 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 23 August 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER: Chris Morris.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Chris Morris.

STUNNING photographs taken at locations along the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the North Sea have been compiled in a book. Searching For Sir Humphrey and other tales from the Thames has been created by photographer Chris Morris, fro

STUNNING photographs taken at locations along the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the North Sea have been compiled in a book.

Searching For Sir Humphrey and other tales from the Thames has been created by photographer Chris Morris, from Gloucester.

The book, as well as featuring photographs at various sites along the river, tells the story of his search for a boat called Sir Humphrey, bought by his father in 1947.

His journey takes him from Bourne End in Buckinghamshire, where Sir Humphrey was based, to the source at Thameshead, and then back again, all the way along the river, past Gravesend to where it meets the North Sea.

Mr Morris, 66, who has been a photographer since he left Oxford University before graduating, grew up in High Wycombe in the Thames Valley.

He said: "It is a collection of my own photographs, which I started putting together properly last winter.

"It has taken me all along the river, and there are so many places that I have enjoyed visiting in the last few months.

"I have found that a lot of the river was familiar to me. As a family we spent a lot of time on the upper parts of the River Thames, we were two young to travel further down, but it was fascinating discovering new parts to it."

The book features a collection of stories from the river, from medieval stone bridges on the upper reaches of the river, to tourist London and the Thames Barrier.

Mr Morris has also produced photography books on the River Severn and a portrait of the Forest of Dean, a 42 square mile area of mixed woodland in Gloucestershire.

He added: "I have always had a strong interest in the river, more so than any other geographical location in the country. I have known the River Thames since I was a young boy, growing up in the Thames Valley, I have always felt part of it."

Searching For Sir Humphrey is available from all bookshops at £14.99, or direct (postage is free) from the publisher at Tanners Yard Press, Church Road, Longhope, Glucester, GL17 0LA. E-mail info@tannersyardpress.co.uk.

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