This is the second part of my blog of a fine sunny March day in Henley-on-Thames.
Single Storey Almshouses
Situated behind the Church of St Mary the Virgin is the Church Yard and these fine tiny Almshouses.
The Old Bell
The Old Bell, located in the town center on Bell Street, is said to be the oldest surviving building in Henley-on Thames. It is believed to date back to the year 1325.
The Rowing Course of the Henley Royal Regatta
Immediately just downstream of Henley Bridge is the Henley Royal Regatta rowing course. The permanent stand of the Phyllis Court Club can be seen on the left river bank.
Designed by James Wyatt this delightful folly was built in 1771 as a fishing lodge for the then owner of Fawley Court. The Island is now owned by Henley Royal Regatta and forms the start of the regatta course.
Fawley Court is a Thames Side mansion reputably built in 1684 by Sir Christopher Wren, with gardens reworked in the 1760s by Capability Brown.
Henley Bridge has five elliptical arches and constructed of stone. It was designed by William Hayward and constructed 1786. The keystones on either side of the bridge have the heads of Isis and Tamesis, sculptured by Anne Seymour Draper. You can just see the head of Tamesis above the center arch.
Up stream of Henley Bridge
A view of the Henley side of the bridge with the famous Angel on the Bridge Pub and The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin.
The Angel on the Bridge
The only pup on the river bank in Henley, The Angel on the Bridge is popular with both land and river users and well worth a visit.
I am off to West Cornwall tomorrow for a week’s photography and I will be looking to post some new images whilst I’m away. I now preparing my next blog with some images of the famous Mining Landscape of West Cornwall, including images of the iconic and much photographed Towanroth Shaft Pumping Engine House at the Wheal Coates Mine. Wheal Coats can be found on the cliffside between Porthtowan and St Agnes. I find the combination of beautiful rugged coastal landscape with the dramatic ruins of Cornish engine houses most appealing.
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