Monday, 11 December 2017

Hidden Henley

MIKE READ, who has been voted national broadcaster of the year 10 times, now lives in our area and has

MIKE READ, who has been voted national broadcaster of the year 10 times, now lives in our area and has an afternoon show on BBC Radio Berkshire.

So when he talked on air recently about his involvement with fund-raising for the repair of the spire at St Bride’s Church in central London, it reminded me of a local connection.

The church, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was struck by lightning in 1764 and the upper portion of the spire had to be removed because of the damage it had suffered.

It lay abandoned in a stonemason’s yard in Old Street for many years until being bought by the then owner of Park Place, Ebenezer Fuller-Maitland, who erected it on his land in 1837 to commemorate the accession of Queen Victoria.

It used to be visible in the distance as you walked up Remenham Hill for as far back as I can remember but when I came to retake a photograph recently, I could not see it.

I know Park Place has changed hands but does anyone know if it has been moved or has it been hidden by the new trees planted there?

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