Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Hidden Henley

THIS small timber building next to the river in Gatehampton was once the ferryman’s office.

THIS small timber building next to the river in Gatehampton was once the ferryman’s office.

Next door is what was the ferryman’s cottage, complete with a plate marking the flood mark from March 1947.

Old pictures show a bearded ferryman with a rowing boat to carry two or three people plus a larger rectangular vessel for transporting horses and goods.

In the late 19th century the crossing was manned by Levi Collins until he went to look after the Aston to Hambleden Place ferry that I have featured here previously.

A peculiarity is that walkers on the south side of the river find the footpath comes to an abrupt end (unless you walk diagonally back on yourself towards Basildon church) because this is the point where the ferry would have crossed you to the other side.





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