Water Oakley

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Water Oakley is a hamlet on the River Thames in the civil parish of Bray in the county of Berkshire, England.[1]

It is the location of both Bray Studios and the Oakley Court Hotel.[2]


It first appeared on maps around 1800. However, the name 'Oakley' is derived from the Old English ac-leah which translates as 'a clearing in an oak wood'. Local folklore suggests a Saxon church there was demolished around 1293 to build St Michael's Church in Bray.


Water Oakley has a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) just to the north of the village, called Bray Pennyroyal Field.[3]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 175 Reading & Windsor (Henley-on-Thames & Bracknell) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319232149. 
  2. ^ "History of Oakley Court". www.berkshirehistory.com. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Magic Map Application". Magic.defra.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-19. 

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Coordinates: 51°29′31″N 0°40′26″W / 51.492°N 0.674°W / 51.492; -0.674