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June 10, 2011 / jmeuropeana

The Boat Race

On the 10th of June –

IN 1829 the first Boat Race between the rowing eights of Oxford and Canbridge Universities was held on the Thames river near Hedley-on-Thames. This is now an annual event, which starts in Putney.
Henley Bridge

A 1870 photpgraph of the event:
Boat race on the River Thames, London

Here is a 1890 photograph of the race, which had by then grwon into quite a big spectacle:
Boat Race, River Thames, London

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