SHOULD you take a summer’s walk down the footpath towards Mill End, a glance across the river as the houses
SHOULD you take a summer’s walk down the footpath towards Mill End, a glance across the river as the houses of Wharf Lane come into view will reveal some of the finest viewpoints in our town.
One such property with a balcony where one must be able to see right down the regatta course to Temple Island and beyond, as well as across the water to where the Henley Festival has been taking place, is this stylish home and boathouse in my picture.
It is believed to be connected with Friar Park and Sir Frank Crisp and may well have been his own boathouse at one time.
He was the famous Victorian entrepreneur who gave generously to our town for churches, gardens, drainage systems and various charities. He evidently opened Friar Park every Wednesday afternoon to the public. Sir Frank seems to have enjoyed a quirky taste and sense of humour, and the various details as well as the huge outcrop of rock installations at this wonderful riparian residence certainly point to the truth of the connection.