Sunday, 17 December 2017

Hidden Henley

THERE are more than islands along the River Thames and they are often referred to

THERE are more than islands along the River Thames and they are often referred to as aits or eyots.

Many are well-known. For example, Eel Pie, located downstream, was once popular with musicians such as The Who, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Pink Floyd.

Then there is Pharaoh’s Island, which was given to Lord Nelson, Magna Carta Island, where the earliest deed of human rights was signed by King John, and Monkey Island at Bray, which is famous for its hotel.

Closer to Henley is the picturesque Temple Island, which is next to the royal regatta start line, and opposite the River & Rowing Museum is Rod Eyot, which has several homes on it.

Downstream from Roy Eyot is an island sometimes known as East Eyot, which is less well known. It is a very narrow island between the Salter’s Steamers landing stage and the Hobbs boatyard and covered in trees.



It is more generally referred to as Bird Island because so many Canada geese nest here but it also has private morrings (pictured). Until 1907, when the town council sold off the plots, it was known as Corporation Island. I don’t know who owns it now.



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