Many of you will know Hilary Fisher, local historian, retired librarian and long-standing member of HAHG, who has served on our committee and taken part in many of the group’s projects.
Over the past 40 years, she has also made a study of how Henley grew and expanded southwards in the 19th century into the neighbouring parish of Rotherfield Greys. Her new book – From Tillage to Terrace – the result of her extensive research and unique interviews with the town’s older inhabitants – is not to be missed.
The story of the expansion of the small medieval town into the Henley we know today is an intriguing one, driven initially by the changing fortunes of local landowners. These and the many other factors that came into play in the town’s changing role and growth are captured in this excellent book, with maps, sale catalogues, numerous period photographs, biographies and detailed street-by-street accounts.
How did the branch line come to Henley? Where was the St Marks Estate? Who were the Owthwaite family? Which building families are recorded in our street names? Do you know who built your house or developed your road?
If you think you know about the history of Henley, you’ll discover there is so much more to know!
From Tillage to Terrace; a study of the C19th southward expansion of the town of Henley into the adjoining parish of Rotherfield Greys; by Hilary Fisher. 240 pages. Available @ £20 from both:
Way’s Bookshop, 54 Friday Street, Henley on Thames, RG9 1AH, tel. 01491 576663; www.waysbookshop.co.uk;
The Bell Bookshop, 52 Bell Street, Henley on Thames, RG9 2BL, tel. 01491 572583; www.bellbookshop.co.uk;