View of part of Lower Shiplake including winter flood meadows and church from the Berkshire bank of the River Thames and wading Egyptian geese.
Shiplake shown within Oxfordshire
|Area||4.44 km2 (1.71 sq mi)|
|Population||1,954 (2011 Census)|
|– density||440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Shiplake is a village and civil parish centred 2.3 miles (3.7 km) south of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, England and is on the River Thames. The village has a railway station, the second of three on the Henley Branch Line which has services requiring a change at the small town of Twyford to the south, to and from London Paddington. Shiplake College is a large school in the village. The main road from Henley to Reading, Berkshire, which is 4 miles (6.4 km) south-west passes through a semi-rural part of the village.
The Church of England parish church of SS Peter and Paul dates from at least the 13th century and provides for Shiplake ecclesiastical parish. In 1869 the Gothic Revival architect G.E. Street rebuilt the chancel, north aisle, parts of the south aisle and replaced the tracery of all the windows.
In 1773 the Thames Navigation Commission built Shiplake Lock on the Thames about 0.5 miles (800 m) downriver from the village nucleus. In 1857 the Great Western Railway opened a branch line between Twyford and Henley-on-Thames, crossing the Thames on Shiplake Railway Bridge, about 300 yards (270 m) downstream from Shiplake Lock. The GWR built Shiplake railway station at Lower Shiplake 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of the village. Lower Shiplake has since grown into the largest settlement in the parish.
Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta
The Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta was founded in 1867 and is held over an August weekend for non-racing shells (also known as Olympic or fine boats). It has the most entries for a skiffing and dongola regatta on the Thames. It attracts a slightly greater or lower number of entries to the largest racing shell regattas on the Thames such as Kingston Regatta and Molesey Regatta.
- Barriemore Barlow, former drummer of Jethro Tull, lives in Shiplake.
- Vince Hill, singer, lives in Lower Shiplake.
- Henry Constantine Jennings, the antiquarian, was born in Shiplake and on 15 August 1731 he was baptised in the parish church.
- Simon Kernick, best selling author of crime thrillers, lives in Shiplake
- Gary Moore used to live in Shiplake.
- George Orwell, author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, lived in Shiplake.
- Ian Paice, drummer of rock band Deep Purple, lives in Shiplake.
- Brian Paterson, creator of Foxwood Tales and Zigby, lives in Shiplake.
- Urs Schwarzenbach, the financier, has one of his houses in Lower Shiplake.
- Alfred Tennyson and Emily Sellwood were married in the parish church.
- Lord Phillimore (of Shiplake), head of family owning the underlying legal interest of a private housing Kensington network of streets of the same name. The family were ennobled to a full peerage in 1918.
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- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 755–756. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
- Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, Reading Branch
- Davies, Peter (17 June 2010). "Shiplake SS Peter & Paul". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- Jerome, J.K.. "14". Three Men in a Boat. The Literature Network.
- Shiplake College
- Binfield Heath, Oxfordshire
- Shiplake Memorial Hall
- Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes
- Shiplake and Dunsden Dramatic Organisation (SHADDO)
- Shiplake Village Bowling Club
- Shiplake Tennis Club
- Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta
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