Friday, 15 December 2017

Hidden Henley

WHEN I featured this building more than a decade ago I was told by one reader that the small balcony

WHEN I featured this building more than a decade ago I was told by one reader that the small balcony between the pillars had been used for public address by the Mayor many years before.

Below it is the scene of much activity, especially in the run-up to Christmas, since this is above the chocolatier in Duke Street.

I have recently obtained a copy of A Guide To Henley-on-Thames 1896 by Emily J Climenson in which she seems to refer to this place as The Institute, which may well explain the mayoral connection.

The building was then open to the public for the free reading of newspapers and magazines and for courses in science, art, technical instruction, shorthand and book-keeping.

The rooms were managed by the deputy town clerk T F Cooper and were open from 9am to 10pm. So we had late-night opening even then!

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