Hurley, Berkshire

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Coordinates: 51°32′35″N 0°48′29″W / 51.543°N 0.808°W / 51.543; -0.808

Hurley
Ye Olde Bell - geograph.org.uk - 523364.jpg
The Olde Bell inn, originally the guest house for Hurley Abbey
Hurley is located in Berkshire
Hurley
Hurley
 Hurley shown within Berkshire
Population 1,854 (2001)
OS grid reference SU826834
Civil parish Hurley
Unitary authority Windsor and Maidenhead
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Maidenhead
Postcode district SL6
Dialling code 01628
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Maidenhead
List of places
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England
Berkshire

Hurley is a small village and large, rural civil parish in Berkshire, England. Its riverside is agricultural except for Hurley Priory as are the outskirts of the village. The adjoining inn is believed to date to 1135 AD.

Topography[edit]

Hurley itself is a linear development perpendicular to and adjoining the Upper Thames 3 miles (4.8 km) NW of Maidenhead and 4 miles (6.4 km) ENE of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. The parish includes the considerable hamlets of Cockpole Green, Warren Row, Knowl Hill, Burchett's Green and part of Littlewick Green.[1]

Ashley Hill Forest, almost 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the village is close to and almost equidistant between Warren Row, Knowl Hill and Burchett's Green and is the largest woodland. Other than this the parish is mainly agricultural however many farms have spinneys of woodland adjoining.

Historic structures[edit]

Localities[edit]

Hurley Bottom[edit]

Only one of the buildings at the foot of the hill in the south of the village street is listed. This southerly neighbourhood has the loose name Hurley Bottom but is 10m higher than the riverside parts of the village.

Frogmore Court and Frogmore Spinney[edit]

Frogmore Spinney forms a riverside Park Homes estate, with fewer than 25 available. The court is now a farmhouse but is a centuries old building which is listed as such adjoining the river, which in this parish consists of mainly grazing and pasture meadows.[5] Approximately seven detached or semi-detached riverside homes also adjoin the river in this western frontage point, accessed by a separate lane.[1]

Recreation[edit]

Hurley is often used as a mooring for barges and motor launches, or by campers. The weir at Hurley Lock is considered the premier venue in the United Kingdom for freestyle kayaking[citation needed].

Cricket has been played in Hurley for over 100 years. The club currently plays in the Chiltern League on Saturdays and friendly fixtures against local rivals on Sundays. The ground is typified with an Old English plane tree that lies within the boundaries. The clubhouse was rebuilt in the 1970s after fire destroyed the previous wooden one.

In popular culture[edit]

A riverside picnic scene in the James Bond film From Russia with Love was filmed near the village.

Public transport[edit]

The village is served by a bus route from Maidenhead.

Closest railway stations are Marlow and Henley approximately four miles north east and west respectively.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grid square map Ordnance survey website
  2. ^ "The Priory of Hurley". British History Online. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  3. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1007933)". National Heritage List for England. 
  4. ^ "The Olde Bell". (official website). Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Frogmore Farmhouse English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1319393)". National Heritage List for England. 

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