Saturday, 16 December 2017

Hidden Henley

It is interesting to note both these signs on the bank wall at the corner of

It is interesting to note both these signs on the bank wall at the corner of Friday Street and Reading Road and the stories they tell.

The pointer to the church goes contrary to the one-way traffic, although is still of use to those on foot, of course. Being a cast iron sign, it must date to long before the latest traffic system reversed the flow of vehicles at this point.

Speaking of the church, records show that in 1305 the rector was given a fish pond somewhere at the foot of what is now known as Friday Street.

This would have probably been the rector of St Mary’s in Hart Street, since Trinity was not built until the mid 19th century.

Unlike our garden feature ponds nowadays this would have been to provide food. It seems that he gave or sold fish from this pond to his parishioners — in the days when fish was traditionally eaten on Fridays — and this is how the street came to be so named.





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