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Parish Church of St. Mary
Whitchurch-on-Thames is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
Area5.36 km2 (2.07 sq mi)
Population758 (2001 census)[1]
• Density141/km2 (370/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU6377
Civil parish
  • Whitchurch-on-Thames
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townReading
Postcode districtRG8
Dialling code0118
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteWhitchurch-on-Thames village
List of places
51°29′24″N 1°05′13″W / 51.490°N 1.087°W / 51.490; -1.087Coordinates: 51°29′24″N 1°05′13″W / 51.490°N 1.087°W / 51.490; -1.087

Whitchurch-on-Thames is a village and civil parish on the Oxfordshire bank of the River Thames, about 5.5 miles (9 km) northwest of Reading, Berkshire, in close proximity to Whitchurch Hill. Opposite Whitchurch on the Berkshire bank is the village of Pangbourne.


The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary was originally Norman, and was altered in the 15th century. In 1858 the Gothic Revival architect Henry Woodyer completely rebuilt the church, retaining only the Norman south door, Perpendicular Gothic south porch and a few other items.[2] The parish is now a member of the Langtree Team Ministry: a Church of England benefice that also includes the parishes of Checkendon, Ipsden, North Stoke, Stoke Row and Woodcote.[3]

Since the 16th century Whitchurch has had a weir and flash lock on the Thames to manage water levels for navigation. In 1787 the flash lock was replaced with a pound lock, Whitchurch Lock. The original Whitchurch Toll Bridge between Whitchurch and Pangbourne was built in 1792. The current structure, still privately owned, is the fourth on the site, the bridge having been reconstructed in 1853, 1902 and 2014. The current toll for a car to cross is 60 pence.[4]


Whitchurch has a primary school.[5] Whitchurch has two public houses, the Ferryboat[6] and the Greyhound Inn.[7]


  1. ^ "Area: Whitchurch-on-Thames CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
  2. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, pp. 838–839.
  3. ^ "The Langtree Team Ministry". langtree.org. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Whitchurch Bridge". The Company of Proprietors of Whitchurch Bridge. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Whitchurch Primary School | 'Outstanding'...Ofsted". whitchurch.oxon.sch.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  6. ^ The Ferryboat]
  7. ^ The Greyhound (Whitchurch-on-Thames) in the Thames Path Online Guide


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