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Wargrave Local History Society
Published 10/03/14

PATSY ROYNON, who lives in Loddon Drive, Wargrave, was the guest at February’s meeting.

She battled the floods to reach the pavilion in Recreation Road and gave a presentation on the history of Loddon Drive.

Mrs Roynon created a virtual tour of the street using pictures from the last 150 years, starting at Wargrave station, which opened in 1900.

She showed the first house to be built in Loddon Drive in 1903, which was called Bon Accord, and also told how almost all the street’s residents moved out after floods in 1947.

Another house in the road, called Cape Farewell, was owned by former London mayor Sir George Broadbridge and burned down in the late Forties.

A resident of a house called Peri built Bridgman’s Bridge in 1936 to provide access from Loddon Drive to the station.

Before the bridge was built residents were forced to swim or row across the River Loddon to reach the station.

The oldest house in the street is a farmhouse which dates from 1760. It is built with Norman stones which Mrs Roynon believes may have come from Reading Abbey when it was demolished in the 16th century.

The presentation finished with pictures of several floods that hit the street, including ones this year which left the road and gardens under up to 3ft of water.

The society’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 11, and will be the annual meeting where the programme of events for the rest of 2014 will be outlined.

On Tuesday, April 8, Elizabeth Hazeldine will talk about the history of Fillets Court in Henley, the 14th century house that is now the site of Phyllis Court.

Meetings take place in the pavilion on the recreation ground, starting at 8pm.

For more information, call Peter Delaney on 0118 940 3121 or visit www.wargrave history.org.uk

Published 10/03/14

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