THIS old stone marks the pedestrian entrance to Makins recreation ground in Henley and was last featured here in 2006.
Back then I warned that the inscription was becoming unreadable due to the effects of time and weather and it has only become worse since.
I believe it says: “These fields were presented to the townspeople of Henley by Paul Makins, of Rotherfield Court, [now Henley Grammar School] in 1920.”
The main field is in an elevated position and enjoys views right across the town and over towards Hambleden Great Wood in the distance.
Looking the other way, you can see the fine building mentioned on the stone, now the annexe to The Henley College.
Does anyone know how Mr Makins came to have such land to give away?