Object Detail

Object Name
Preserved and cased Thames Bream fish, caught by AE Hobbs in the River Thames at Henley in 1909. Weight 6lbs 7½oz

Hobbs was born in New Street, Henley in 1871 and lived in Henley all his life. Whilst working as an architect for Brakspear brewery in the 1930's he was responsible for designing many local pubs.


Latin name - Abramis brama

Colour - Its back is usually dark brown, the sides (flanks) are a lighter yellow brown and its belly is silvery.

Size - Adults are 25 - 45 cm long (10 - 16 ins). Bream are slow to grow and usually take 11 years to reach maximum size.

Charcteristics - The bream has a humped back, a deep (wide) body and a forked tail.

Habitat - Bream like slow flowing rivers. It is a shy fish and lives and moves in shoals (groups) near the bottom of the river.

Diet - It eats worms and insect larvae from the bottom of the river. It feeds with a sucking action.

How fished for - Bream is caught using a float and/or ledgering technique. Ledgering involves the use of a lead weight to keep the bait near to to bottom of the water. Baits include maggots, worms and bread.

Interesting fact - Bream are now only eaten in Europe but were once a main part of the diet of rural peasants in Britain.

British Record - 111lbs 2oz - 5.04kg
Accession No
River Thames
Associated Date
Associated Period
20th century
04 Jun 1898