Saturday, 19 August 2017

Hidden Henley

THE Chantry House behind St Mary’s Church must be one of the most obvious subjects for this feature as it

THE Chantry House behind St Mary’s Church must be one of the most obvious subjects for this feature as it is steeped in history.

The only Grade I listed building in Henley, it is thought to have been built around 1450 by a wealthy merchant.

From the churchyard, it appears to be a two-storey building but from Thames Side it is clearly a large, three-level property.

It was originally used for commercial trading connected to the river but by the 16th century was a school with the ground floor let to the Red Lion next door.

In 1923, the whole building was bought by public subscription and the two upper floors became church rooms and the name of the Chantry House came into being.

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