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Thus, the "Churn/Thames" river may be regarded as the longest natural river in the United Kingdom.

The springs at Seven Springs flow throughout the year, while those at Thames Head are only seasonal (a winterbourne).Ordnance Survey maps still label the Thames as "River Thames or Isis" down to Dorchester.However, since the early 20th century this distinction has been lost in common usage outside of Oxford, and some historians suggest the name Isis is nothing more than a truncation of Tamesis, the Latin name for the Thames.It also flows through Oxford (where it is called Isis), Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor.The lower reaches of the river are called the Tideway, derived from its long tidal reach up to Teddington Lock.

The springs at Seven Springs flow throughout the year, while those at Thames Head are only seasonal (a winterbourne).Ordnance Survey maps still label the Thames as "River Thames or Isis" down to Dorchester.However, since the early 20th century this distinction has been lost in common usage outside of Oxford, and some historians suggest the name Isis is nothing more than a truncation of Tamesis, the Latin name for the Thames.It also flows through Oxford (where it is called Isis), Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor.The lower reaches of the river are called the Tideway, derived from its long tidal reach up to Teddington Lock.The same origin is shared by countless other river names, spread across Britain, such as the River Tamar at the border of Devon and Cornwall, several rivers named Tame in the Midlands and North Yorkshire, the Tavy on Dartmoor, the Team of the North East, the Teifi and Teme of Wales, the Teviot in the Scottish Borders, as well as one of the Thames' tributaries called the Thame. Jackson has proposed that the name of the Thames is not Indo-European (and of unknown meaning), Indirect evidence for the antiquity of the name 'Thames' is provided by a Roman potsherd found at Oxford, bearing the inscription Tamesubugus fecit (Tamesubugus made [this]).