Lower Shiplake's meadows with wading Egyptian geese and parish church viewed from the Berkshire side of the River Thames.
Shiplake shown within Oxfordshire
|Area||4.44 km2 (1.71 sq mi)|
|Population||1,954 (2011 Census)|
|– density||440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Shiplake is a two-centred village and rural civil parish on the left bank of the River Thames centred 2.3 miles (3.7 km) south of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, England. Binfield Heath away from the Thames was once part of the parish.
The village has Shiplake Railway Station, the only through station on the Henley Branch Line. The railway crosses the Thames via iron-girder Shiplake Railway Bridge built in 1897. The line has train services connected to the national network requiring a change at the small town of Twyford to the south. Shiplake College is a large independent school in the village which has many buildings, some of which are conservation-listed.
The main road from Henley to Reading, Berkshire, which is 4 miles (6.4 km) south-west bisects the western edge of the village. No dual carriageways or motorways pass through or next to the village.
The Church of St Peter and St Paul dates from at least the 13th century and is the centre of the ecclesiastical parish of Shiplake in the diocese of Oxford. In 1869 the Gothic Revival architect, G. E. Street, rebuilt the chancel, north aisle, parts of the south aisle and replaced all its windows' traceries. The church has been in conservation assessed as being in the limited mid-category of listed buildings, Grade II*.
In 1773 the Thames Navigation Commission built Shiplake Lock on the River Thames about 0.5 miles (800 m) downriver from the main village. 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 the only through station on the branch at Lower Shiplake 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of the historic village, Shiplake railway station. Twyford provides access to the straight east-west part-stopping (semi-fast) services between hub city stations London Paddington and Reading. Lower Shiplake has since grown into the largest settlement within the parish.
In 2003 the village of Binfield Heath and hamlet of Crowsley, separated from the (civil) parish to form the newly-created civil parish of Binfield Heath. In the Anglican church the ecclesiastical parish retains these areas and also Dunsden which has contributed to a more rural civil parish, Eye and Dunsden to the south.
Most homes post-date the railway and the village has a small minority of industrial, storage, retail, distribution and office units.
Outside of the college (including its listed water tower) and the church (excepting equally a stone cross in the churchyard) the only other conservation-listed structure is Shiplake House, in the starting category (Grade II). It is regency architecture with a white stucco façade "probably covering brick", a slate roof and stuccoed end stacks. It is a rectangular three-storey building with a five-window range. It has a central double door with flanking 8-pane sash windows, 12-pane sashes to ground and 1st floor and 6-pane sashes to the floor above. A flat (projecting) band course of stone is between the first two floors. A moulded cornice band is between its first and second floors. It has elegantly bracketed eaves. Part of the rear and side has a decorative wrought iron verandah.
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 receives the most entries for skiffing and dongolas racing on the Thames. The regatta attracts a comparable number of entries to the largest shell-racing 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 at Lower Shiplake.
- Henry Constantine Jennings, the antiquarian, was born at Shiplake and on 15 August 1731 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 at Lower Shiplake.
- Alfred Tennyson and Emily Sellwood were married in Shiplake Church.
- Shane O'Brien, Gold Medalist at the 1984 games in Los Angeles, rowing for New Zealand, lived in Shiplake and was Deputy Headmaster at Shiplake College
- The Lords Phillimore (of Shiplake), head of family-owned underlying legal interests of a private housing Kensington network of streets of the same name, remain seated at Shiplake; the Phillimore family received a UK Peerage in 1918, in addition to the baronetcy created in 1881.
- Vanderbilt family
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- 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
- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1059601)". National Heritage List for England.
- Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta
- Shiplake CofE parish church website
- Site of Sonning RC Church, Shiplake Bottom
Media related to Shiplake at Wikimedia Commons