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Lower Shiplake's meadows with wading Egyptian geese and parish church viewed from the Berkshire side of the River Thames.
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
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 rural village and civil parish on the River Thames situated 2.3 miles (3.7 km) south of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, England.

In the village is Shiplake Railway Station, the second of three stations on the Henley Branch Line which provides train services requiring a change at the small town of Twyford to the south, to and from London Paddington. The railway line crosses the river Thames via Shiplake Railway Bridge.

The main road from Henley to Reading, Berkshire, which is 4 miles (6.4 km) to the south-west, passes the edge of the village.

Shiplake College is a large independent school based in the village.

Parish church[edit]

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.[2]

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

The Revd Paul Bradish is the present Rector of Shiplake.

Economic and social history[edit]

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 Shiplake railway station at Lower Shiplake 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of the village. Lower Shiplake has since grown into the largest settlement within the parish.

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

Shiplake Court is former a country house rebuilt in 1894 overlooking the Thames, which in 1959 became Shiplake College, an independent boarding school.[6]

In 2003 the village of Binfield Heath and hamlet of Crowsley, separated from Shiplake Civil Parish to form 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 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.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

Nearest places[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Shiplake at Wikimedia Commons