Date(s) - Thursday, 16 August 2018
At a significant crossing over the Thames, a suspension bridge was built in 1832, now one of Marlow’s landmarks. Nearby stands the Victorian All Saints church. There has been a bridge here since the reign of Edward III. Mary Shelley completed her novel, Frankenstein in the town. You will find plenty of shops and eating possibilities in Marlow’s old street – so take the chance to have lunch here before we start our cruise to Henley at 1.00 pm sharp.
Our cruise boat is run by Salters Steamers, a well-known boat company on the upper Thames and light refreshments are available on board. We will pass Bisham, Medmenham Abbey founded as a Cistercian Abbey in the 12th century, now the site of a private house.
Henley is a world centre for rowing with its Annual Royal Regatta – “royal” since 1851 when Prince Albert became patron. The regatta and other races are held on a natural straight stretch. of the Thames. Henley was once the fourth largest inland port in England.
Henley Bridge with its five arches was built in 1786. Henley is a small town and you will be able to get a good impression of the centre by exploring on foot. The Victorian town hall is home to the tourist information centre; nearby stands the previous town hall, moved brick by brick to make way for the current one. The town church, St Mary’s has a 16th century tower.