So the weekend just gone I really wanted to start ticking off placed on my list that I wanted to visit in the UK. Luckily I have a car and get a couple of days off during the week – therefore I decided to visit the lovely little town of Henley-on-Thames. Well known for being very upper-class. There’s alot of old culture and things to do in this little town, here’s a few facts:
- The Old Bell is a pub in the centre of Henley. The building has been dated from 1325: the oldest-dated building in the town
- Henley is a world-renowned centre for rowing. Each summer the Henley Royal Regatta is held on Henley Reach, a naturally straight stretch of the river just north of the town. The event became “Royal” in 1851, when Prince Albert became patron of the regatta.
- Henley Bridge is a five arched bridge across the river built in 1786. It is a Grade I listed building.
- The first record of Henley is from 1179, when it is recorded that King Henry II “had bought land for the making of buildings”.
There’s alot of old buildings dating back hundreds of years!
The Chantry House is a medieval timber-framed building, built around 1400 and connected to St Mary’s Church. Today it is used as a church hall but during its history it has been a school amongst other things. It is a Grade I listed building.
St Mary’s Church
The age of St Mary’s Church is unknown, but has been guessed to be built in the 1000’s, Aumericus de Harcourt is the first recorded priest, in 1204. St. Mary’s is basically a 13th century building, but was enlarged and re-modelled in the 15th century and again in the 19th century.
We came across a stall in the town with beautiful sculptures, made by someone very talented.