Remembrance Day and a walk around today

Hot foot after the last posting, a series of photos taken in town today.

On the way round I say a lovely lady exiting the thames gracefully from her Stand Up Paddleboat via one of the wooden piers. I congratulated her on her expertise. I also thought the board was heavy when she took it out of the Thames, but apparently the are quite light. If you are interested in buying one visit this link

The Henley Hawks have a very active following, and every Sunday in the season they run sessions for youngsters

Lovely leaves – in a huge puddle that forms on the pavement at the end of the Marlow Road, Henley

Some pictures of Bell Street

Dont forget our local Pet Shope

Or the local toy shop

Or even the Teddy Bear shop on the corner of Bell and New Street

Lovely Tudor cottages in New Street

I love this building on the corner of New Street, clever how builders round off the corner of older properties


The last three photos enabled me to try out my new Tripod. It is incredibly light and nearly blew over when thaking the last picture above!  Will have to be mindful of that in future.

Two large military helicopters flew over the Remembrance service in the Town Square. My reaction was not fast enough to capture them – but at least I managed to grab this photo of about 3/4 a helicopter

The Red Lion Hotel through the trees

Next pictures of Hart Street


I have managed to get pictures eventually of the living wall !


The Remembrance service in the Market Square was well attended


Finally some autumnal shots and a picture of a grand house which is on the hills off the Fairmile


Catch up

I haven’t posted for a month now, so lets get up to date with all things Henley on Thames

Last month we visited Nuffield Place the home of William Morris and his wife. He set up the Morris Car Company and also manufactured and developed the iron lung machine.

From Wikipedia:

Nuffield Place is country house near the village of Nuffield[1] in the Chiltern Hills in South Oxfordshire, England, just over 4 miles (6 km) east of Wallingford.
The house was completed in 1914. Sir William Morris (later created Viscount Nuffield) had it enlarged in 1933 and lived there until his death in 1963. Lord Nuffield was buried at Holy Trinity Parish Church in the village, and bequeathed Nuffield Place and its contents to Nuffield College, Oxford, as a museum. The college has gifted the house and part of the estate to the National Trust.[2][3][4]
Lord Nuffield was fond of clocks and his bedroom contains eight. His bedroom also has a miniature workshop, in a cupboard, containing a vice and metalworking tools, as well as a jar containing Lord Nuffield’s own preserved appendix.

Here then is a slide show of the garden, garage and house, taken by me when we visited. There are 61 pictures to see, please use the arrows to go back for forward, and pause if you want to see a picture for longer, thank you.

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I notice that we are all due a council tax increase of 7%. The Henley Residents Group say that that is what we were happy with.  I wasn’t consulted about this at all, but hope some of the money will be used to keep the Whites Buses running locally.

Some lovely cloud formations near Swiss Farm in October


The workmen starting work in the living wall near St Mary’s Church. Must get one of it planted up!

Two sculptures at an exhibition in the Fire Station a month or so ago, approximately. These were my favourite pieces.


Another fine building in Henley on Thames.  One that you can easily pass going in the direction of Gravel Hill.

A few days ago this bird of prey, think it is a Red Kite, but then again it might be a Buzzard?  The magnificent posed for me in a field, and let me walk right up to it without flying away. Wish I had my camera as opposed to mobile phone to take the picture on.

The next set of pictures are of the world market that was in town a while back.

The home at Nettlebed was due to close and move to Townlands, but they backed out saying that the new location was too small. Thankfully this lovely house still survives and is use for their hospice. These pictures were taken last Saturday during the Sue Ryder Sale.

A sign for cyclists, directing them up the Fairmile recently

A shot I got on Thursday of the old Work House which will be converted into homes for over 55s. The Victorians had a way of dealing with poverty, was it fair or not?  Some people have told me how their mothers and others used to give the people from the workhouse food through the gates.

In on Friday – sunny but colder than usual

The newest cafe in town at 9am this morning with no customers.


Hidden Henley walk – Martin Cook – Sunday 11am

Sunday was a beautiful day, and I had a note in my diary to join Martin’s walk.

Martin explained he was not a trained guide or historian, but a photographer.    I believe everyone there, thought otherwise, as he proved an excellent speaker and guide, even waiting for people to catch up with him before he explained something en route.

Here then is the start of the tour – as I remember it – I did not take any notes. If anyone can elaborate or correct me on anything please tell me and I will amend this post. Thank you. You can comment below this blog post please.

The first gem was the fact that Henley has got toilets on the level all over town now. There used to be an underground toilet in the Town Hall, below is where it was. Note the wooden door frame on the side of the town hall below!


Under the door, next to the off-licence, there is an entrance to Lovibond brewery, Note the rails in the pavement there, these would have been used by a brewery (larger than Lovibonds) to move out heavy barrels in days of old!


Patisserie Valerie used to be the Prince of Wales pub – it has featured in this blog at some time as well. On the right at the top is a Henley emblem, in the middle lightning, and on the right the Prince of Wales emblem. Martin asked if anyone knew what the lighting signified.  Someone suggested that it could represent the stormy relationship the prince has with his many mistresses!

Martin explained that there used to be a row of shops where the flower beds are in Falaise/Market Square. These however were demolished when the bridge was built.

Zizzi used to be a pub, but I cannot remember the name of it.


Magoos is a long thin building and was one used for braiding ropes .

Some unusual views of the Speakers House in Hart Street I took.  Another long thin building used for meetings by the Speaker of the Houses of Parliament.

By the wall near to the church house wall is a flying buttress. A totally new term for me.  It was suggested it may have been intended to stop cows that were being herded from getting stuck in corners, or to stop men coming out of pubs urinating there!

Never noticed this before, but the Red Lion has a window that was blocked in to avoid  window tax.  Someone has painted a window on the blocked up window now – you can see it plainly but it has to be pointed out – it can easily be missed.

Whilst we walked to the next spot of interest in the talk, I managed to drink in the Sunday morning activity on the river.  Henley is a lovely town, always something happening.

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We passed the Little White Hart pub that still bears the name in stone above the door.  The boat room was where rowers used to congregate for beers etc.


A lovely red car turned the corner -i have attempted to blank out the number plate

Martin led us at the slipway at the end of New Street and explained that this has always been a public slipway for boats for anyone licenced to use the river.   There used to be a sunken boat near to this slipway, and wildfowl used to perch on it, and you could wade out to it in low water.  This had a Stuart and Turner, local engineering company engine in it.  It sunk and the owner claimed it could easily be repaired and sail again. Mysteriously no one attempted to salvage it.  There is no trace of this now – what happened to it?


What is now Harrington’s used to be the boathouse for the Rowing Club. People use to use the Little White Hart nearby as a watering hole after and before races.


Church Avenue is a cut through to the Church!

This is where the Red Cross pub was – now the only sign of it is a door renamed the Red Cross Cottage (New Street)

The owner of the house, second in on the left was accused by the council of building his house 9 inches out from the original building line.  He moved his front door from one side to the other, and this somehow got him off this charge. (I may not have understood this fact properly!)

Martin pointed to a plaque on a building in New Street.  It was a Lloyds fire plaque that said your building had fire insurance.  It is thought that the fire brigade would not tackle a fire without this plaque on it?

In Bell Street near to the Halifax is another flying buttress!


The Bull pub is the oldest building in town.  I was not aware that the front is not that old, it was added in the 1930s, covering up the original frontage of the building.  I was also amazed to hear that quite a few buildings in Henley have had their original frontage modernised in this way.  A real pity, but better than where I used to live where they demolished old manor houses and other buildings not cared for, or that were too expensive to preserve.


The assembly rooms in Bell Street – well that is what I think we were told the white building below was. I have looked back into a lot of my local history collection of books etc and cannot place it tonight!


The walk and  ended where it started off, on the Town Hall steps. Thanks to Martin for such an interesting talk. Remember he has an exhibition of his photos of Henley on Thames this coming weekend and Monday of next week. Admission free!


Oh la la and much more!

This weekend saw the French Market in Town

Great for visitors but the prices sometimes are rather excessive at these events, in my opinion.

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Some pictures from the period which has passed unchronicled since I last posted!

There was a RNLI stall in the Market Square the weekend before last and this car was full of balloons, and they were running a competition to see who could guess the number of balloons in the car.


The side of a building in Bell Street, the side of an old wooden frame building I pass when on foot to the shops twice a week.

I asked why the bread in Waitrose as a funny dip in the centre. It appears people squeeze the loaf too had to see if it is fresh!

A rabbit hole in a local field

Bank Holiday Monday and a whole heap of rubbish in the bin next to the footpath off the Marlow Road opposite the Rugby Club


A new pastry that has appeared in Hot Gossip. I can thoroughly recommend this as well!   It is not real cream.

Some lovely clouds recently, like mountains etc!

Nice flower in Henley on Thames

The town in the rain – taken whilst waiting for a bus on the way back from shopping

Sue Ryder’s Nettlebed Home at  Joyce Grove, once the home of Ian Fleming the James Bond author.  They have sales there for charity monthly

Here are details of the not to be missed sales from their website


When are these sales?

Our sales are held at Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice, Henley on Thames, Oxon, RG9 5DF, on every third Saturday throughout the year. Doors are open from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Here’s a full list of dates for 2017:

  • 12th August
  • 2nd September
  • 23rd September
  • 14th October
  • 4th November
  • 25th November
  • 16th December

Should any unforeseen circumstances necessitate an amendment, a revised programme will be issued.


What kind of bargains can I bag?

Our grounds, garage and outbuildings welcome dozens of visitors looking to bag a bargain amongst the furniture, clothes, jewellery, DVDs, books and bric-a-brac – while helping to raise vital funds for our hospice.

We receive fantastic-quality second-hand items as well as brand new items that have never been used.

There is something to suit every taste, from fantastic gift ideas through to gorgeous items to decorate your home.


Can I donate goods, too?

Of course! Just pop in and we’ll be happy to accept decent quality items in the above categories, whether second-hand or never used.

Saleable donated goods are welcomed on weekdays between 9am and 4.30pm. We regret, however, that we’re unable to accept goods on the day of a sale or the day before, so do drop your donations in a few days early.


Are there any items you do not accept?

Yes, we can’t accept non-digital TVs, white goods, three-piece suites, Divan beds and mattresses.


Do you need any volunteers?

Volunteers are always welcome to help sort and allocate donated goods, as well as to assist with sales, on every day of the week.

To offer your time, email or call 01491 641 384 ext. 246.

Some recent pictures taken in my garden during this lovely weather

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We have a lovely Town but do take time to sit down in your garden, if  you are fortunate to have one.  Look at all the marvellous scenery around about.

Love Henley love the sun and rain!

Over the past few weeks

Not that much to report, but this time some pictures taken in town, and in our garden.

This archway and doors appear at the start of Duke Street. It may be the back yard of one of the shops.  It is pretty distinctive – any idea what the arch originally led to?

Our local cinema has not one, but three screens. Being a school holiday period “Captain Underpants” is showing.  Great title for a film, I was quite amused some time ago when the books first came out!

The annual meet up of Amphibious vehicles led to some interesting vehicles being parked in the Waitrose Car Park.

Butterfly and birds in our back garden. The first set are of a blue tit, and then the last is a Dunnock bird.


Up in the sky, very few aeroplanes flying over due to the wind direction.


The Virgin Balloon experience up in our skies quite regularly in the Summer


This is the second time over a period of years that the gate post at Phyliss Court has been wrecked by a lorry or car.  Thankfully it has been rebuilt yet again


This stone is at Phyllis Court – any idea what it is for?


The site of the toll gate on Marlow Road.  See the gate posts on either side of the road. The Toll Houses were converted into homes some years ago now!


This weed can be found in the hedgerows, and on roadside banks etc.   It is poisonous so beware!

The pedestrian crossing on Marlow Road, just down from the Henley Hawks Rugby Club.  It is like walking on rocks today.

A very expensive local Gin.  In the Off Licence window this weekend

A water leak in the Town centre – still not seen to on Monday morning


The Farmers Market this Saturday morning

The Town Hall is used for weddings and wedding receptions – there was a wedding this Saturday as well!

Above – at the RNLI car boot sale at Swiss Farm on Sunday

Our town square is for people, not heavy lorries or vans!

This weekend

The weekend started off with the Town Regatta on Saturday. A great event that can be watched completely free of charge.

Here is a slide show of the photos of the field and some shots of the Regatta etc.  Also at the end some pictures taken in Hart Street, it was a busy Saturday!

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Today I took a cycle ride into town, and saw the Farmers market, then cycled along the Reading Road, down Mill Lane and back home.  I noted that the building work was well under way as well. There was a small flood in Mill Lane, I turned off at the car park and cycled across Mill Meadows.  At one stage the bike was going through grass which was be saturated with water.  Thankfully I was not covered in, or stuck in the mud!

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Love Henley, so many things happen here you can never get bored!