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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 is located in Oxfordshire
 Shiplake shown within Oxfordshire
Area  4.44 km2 (1.71 sq mi)
Population 1,954 (2011 Census)[1]
   – density  440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU7678
Civil parish Shiplake
District South Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Henley-on-Thames
Postcode district RG9
Dialling code 0118
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Henley
Website Shiplake.Net
List of places

Coordinates: 51°30′11″N 0°53′56″W / 51.503°N 0.899°W / 51.503; -0.899

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.

Parish church[edit]

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.[2]

The tower has a ring of eight bells,[3] all recast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 2009.[4] The church has also a Sanctus bell that was cast by Gillett & Johnston of Croydon in 1929.[4]

Economic and social history[edit]

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.

In 1889 the author Jerome K. Jerome featured the village in his novel Three Men in a Boat.[5]

Shiplake Court was a country house built in Shiplake in 1905 overlooking the Thames. In 1959 it became Shiplake College, an independent boarding school.[6]

In 2003 the village of Binfield Heath and hamlet of Crowsley, which had been within Shiplake civil parish became part of the newly created civil parish of Binfield Heath.[7]


Shiplake has a village hall,[8] a Women's Institute[9] and an amateur dramatic society,[10] as well as a bowls club[11] and a lawn tennis club.[12]

Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta[edit]

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).[13] 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.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

Nearest places[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Shiplake at Wikimedia Commons