Sunday, 20 August 2017

Hidden Henley

THERE may not be much time left to view this curious utilitarian-looking building in Warren Row with its elaborate entrance

THERE may not be much time left to view this curious utilitarian-looking building in Warren Row with its elaborate entrance pillars and gates before the land is developed for housing.

It is next to the mission church founded by Sir Gilbert East, of Hall Place, and is called Parkhouse.

In the recent past it has been used for commercial purposes but I wonder if it has a connection with the labyrinth of underground tunnels and chalk pits in this area.

Evidently there are still vast networks of tunnels connecting an underground village where aircraft components were produced during the Second World War. There is something similar in the hillside near Marsh Lock, some of which is now used by a data storage company and a wine distributor.

Is there a reader who has been in the tunnels and can tell me more?

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