Monday, 25 March 2019

Hidden Henley

Hidden Henley

THIS plaque is on the front of a building in Church Street, Wargrave, where once stood Queen Emma's Palace.

The old “palace” had nothing to do with the Queen as it was built in the Tudor period whereas she lived in Saxon times about 400 years before.

It was demolished in 1827 and in 1905 Woodclyffe Hostel was built on the site where it still resides and houses the village library.

The new building was gifted to the village by Harriette Smith, the daughter of a former vicar who was part of the Temperance movement, so that working men had somewhere to meet that was alcohol-free (there were several pubs in the High Street back then).

The plaque records its use a Red Cross hospital during the Great War.

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