Pharaoh's Island, River Thames
The island has a length of 280 m and a maximum width of 60 m. Shepperton Lock is 270 m downstream and two other channels leading to weirs diverge off after the island to its southeast. These channels then surround Lock Island and Hamhaugh Island. The island is only accessible by boat, with the facilities of Lock Island downstream and moorings there or by the pub The Thames Court almost opposite its eastern tip on the nearer, north bank.
Above the lock, the variation in river level has been between 0.08 m at the lock gate and 0.99 m. This compares favourably to variation below the lock at between 2.67 m and 4.95 m in depth.
It was purchased by the Treasury to give to Admiral Nelson after the Battle of the Nile (1798). He used it as a fishing retreat.. The island was known as Dog Ait until at least of the end of the 19th century. Tory MP and High Court Judge, Sir Cyril Atkinson built the first house in 1903 on the island and named it Sphinx due to his interest in Egyptology.
The property names are, clockwise, starting in the west:
Deaths in January 2011
In January 2011, a small dinghy ferrying people from the island capsized with the loss of two lives. The fatalities were named as university professor Dr Rex Walford OBE  and record producer Keith Lowde.
- Grid Reference Finder distance tools
- Environment Agency daily measurements at lock stations Retrieved 2013-07-14
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- Ben Flanagan (29 June 2003). "Living with the Nelson touch". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
- Mandy Lebentz (25 June 2018). "Luxury riverside home for sale but you can only reach it by boat". SurreyLive. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
- "Shepperton's Islands". Shepperton Matters. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
- Grid square map Ordnance survey website
- Caroline McGhie (26 July 2006). "Nelson's Egypt-on-Thames". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
- House prices in Pharaohs Island, Shepperton TW17
- Mike Younger and Joan Whitehead (10 March 2011). "Rex Walford obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- The Sun news report Retrieved 23 January 2011
- Readers Digest, retrieved 24 December 2016
- "Ian Hendry Rowing Home Across The Thames To Sphinx, Pharoah's Island, Shepperton". Ian Hendry.com. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
- "Shepperton Lock". The River Thames Guide. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
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