'Seven Springs, source of the Thames near Cheltenham', c 1850-1900.
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Photograph of a small child sitting in front of a stone wall by the Seven Springs. Seven Springs, located to the north of Cirencester, in Gloucestershire, was thought to be the original source of the River Thames. Along the wall above the spring is a Latin inscription which reads 'Hic tuus o pater Tamesine septemgeminus fons' (Here, O father Thames, is thy sevenfold source'). From a collection of 57 albumen photographs of rock and glacial formations in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Asia.