"Henley on Thames" Henley on Thames by grayfo

Henley on Thames Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 67 photos

Founded in the 12th century the market town of Henley-on-Thames is overlooked by the Chiltern Hills and is separated by the river from the village of Remenham where the famous Henley Royal Regatta is held. The Henley Royal Regatta lasts for four days in late June / early July and brings the town to life.

Must see sights/attractions include: Henley Bridge, Chantry House, the church of St. Mary and The Old Bell pub to name but a few.

Did You Know

The British author George Orwell, who was born in India, spent his childhood in Henley on Thames.

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Information Portal for Henley-on-Thames
Henley Standard – Online Newspaper
Henley-on-Thames Town Council

The coat of arms consists of a shield showing clouds from which radiate the rays of the sun was the royal badge of Edward III, below it is a crowned letter H. The mural crown expresses the town's borough status which extended from 1241 until 1974 and is adorned with a fleur de lys, the symbol of St. Mary the Virgin (Henley's Parish Church) and bishops' mitres, the two episcopal benefactors of the town, Archbishop Laud and Bishop Longland. Above the crown the Sculls denotes Henley's link with the sport of rowing, the Henley Royal Regatta in particular.

The lion is from that depicted on the town's seal from 1306, and the ox from Henley's links with Oxford and Oxfordshire. The bugle horn hanging from a bowed string is the regimental badge of the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry. The Tudor Rose is a badge of James I, who is was the founder of Henley Grammar School

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Borama - Somalia
Falaise – France
Leichlingen - Germany

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  • In a nutshell:The Henley Royal Regatta
  • Last visit to Henley on Thames: May 2011
  • Intro Updated Mar 16, 2015
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Nice to read your tips on a place I've heard about over the years.

    • grayfo's Profile Photo
      Mar 30, 2016 at 4:52 AM

      The town is a lovely place to visit but tends to be aimed at more for the well to do.


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