Previous Visits

Fri, 26 May 2023

Meet at: Station Car Park
for: 9:30 am


This is a day trip by coach or private car.

At the Chiltern Open Air Museum  45 acres of grounds are now open to explore.  Woodland, Village Green, and “Dig for Victory’ allotments .

Step back in time and explore over 30 reconstructed historical buildings including an Iron Age roundhouse, 1940s prefab, blacksmith’s forge, Victorian toll house, tin chapel, WWl and WW2 Nissen huts, earthen cottage and working historic farm that is home to goats, sheep, chickens, cows and farm cats.

There are several catering venues and picnics can be taken throughout the grounds.

Located in: Newland Park, Chalfont St Peter
Address: Newland Park Dr, Gorelands Ln, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont Saint Giles HP8 4AB


Coach departure time 9:30 am

Start of guided tour: 9:30 approx

Coach leaving time 4:30 pm

Return to Henley time 5:30 pm estimate

Wed, 5 Oct 2022

Meet at: Entrance of Reading Museum, Blagrave St, Reading RG1 1QH
for: 10:45 am


This is a guided tour led by John Painter.

John is an accredited guide, who has been much involved with research and the setting up of ‘The Friends of Reading Abbey’ and a campaign of repairs.

It is just over 900 years since Reading Abbey was built by Henry I as his final resting place. The enormous Abbey complex, around which the town of Reading grew up, included water mills and wharfs on the River Kennet which flows into the Thames just below Reading. After the dissolution of the monasteries in the sixteenth century, the site was largely robbed out and built over during the growth of the early modern Reading.  The east end of the monastic church is under Reading Gaol. But a substantial portion of the impressive remains was protected by incorporation into the Victorian park in the centre of the city.

Since 2009, the ruins were closed due to the dangers of collapse. Coinciding with the nine hundredth anniversary, extensive repairs were undertaken involving archaeology, to make the ruins safe again and also to ensure that the story of the Abbey was properly told for today’s audiences.  It was hoped to discover the tomb of Henry I. Work is ongoing, although no trace of it has so far been found.  A fascinating exhibit in Reading Museum grew out of the works, and the ruins themselves were reopened to the public in June 2018.

To join the visit the cost is £5 per member and for friends.

Luminarium Encyclopedia: Dissolution of the Monasteries in England.


Our outing begins in Reading Museum. We meet in the Town Hall/Museum Foyer, by the reception desk in front of the shop, at 11 am.

After visiting the Abbey Exhibition in the museum, we will go out to see the nearby ruins. The tour will conclude by 1 pm.

Participants are asked to find their own way to Reading.
The 800/850 buses run every 30 minutes from Henley and stop in Friar Street – 2 mins walk away.
Travel by train is possible from Henley station – changing at Twyford.
If you wish to drive, a pay & display car park at Hills Meadow, just across Reading Bridge, is suggested as the closest, just ten minutes walk or so from the Town Hall.


Fri, 13 May 2022

Meet at: Henley Railway Station car park
for: 8:45 am


There will be a talk and tour of the Coleshill National Trust Heritage Skills Centre plus
a visit in the afternoon to Buscot Park.

Buscot Park is owned by the National Trust but lived in and administered by Lord Farringdon, who is the custodian of the Faringdon Collection – ceramics, fine furniture and British art.



Details for the day  
  • Depart by coach promptly at 9.00 am from Henley Railway Station car park.
  • On arrival at Coleshill, we will be offered coffee, followed by a talk and a tour of the estate and workshops.
  • Lunch can be ordered when we arrive or picnics can be taken in the park.
  • Buscot Park is free for National Trust members.  Non-members £10 for seniors.
  • There is a tea room at Buscot Park.
  • We leave there at 5 pm.

Journey time each way 1 hour 40 min approx.

Total cost: coach journeys and Coleshill visit: £32.00 each.

Entry to Buscot Park is £10 for seniors and £12 for younger adults. Free to N.T. members.

Payment to be made with booking by bank transfer online to:
Henley Archaeology, sort code 60-10-35, Account 13153692, reference: your surname and initial OR by cheque made out to Henley Archaeological Group.
Please email Liz Toms at:  if booking/paying by bank transfer, or send to her at 31 Hewgate Court, Meadow Road, Henley on Thames RG9 1BD, the completed booking form below showing confirmation of whether you have paid by bank transfer or cheque:

Wed, 15 Dec 2021

Meet at: In front of the Henley Town Hall
for: 11:15 am


Walk to celebrate the life and achievements of Charles Clements, Henley’s Victorian hero

Michael Redley will conduct a guided walk of the town exploring buildings and places in Henley associated with the local builder and councillor, Charles Clements.

Numbers will need to be confined to about 15 or so, first come first served.

If you would like to take part, please  contact Michael directly at



Those participating are asked to assemble at 11.15 am in front of the Town Hall. The walk will last a couple of hours. It will follow the route described in the Group’s Journal for this year – No 34 of June 2021 (If you wanted a copy, they are on sale for £3.50 at the Bell Book shop in Bell Street and at Richard Way Books in Friday Street.)

For those who want to join in,  the walk will end with lunch at 1.15 for 1.30 at the Watercolour Café (formerly the Victoria Pub behind the Town Hall). This was Charles Clements’ last building in the town.  There will be no cost, although bring money if you want to buy yourself lunch.


The photo is of the home and business of Charles Clemence, three times mayor of Henley.
Note the unusual array of ridge tiles on the roof – samplers for his clients.

Thu, 14 Oct 2021

Meet at: Oxford
for: 1:00 pm



A conducted tour of the Bodleian Library in Oxford


We will make our own way to Oxford and meet at the Library.

First, apologies for the absence of news re the forthcoming Bodleian trip but there has been an absence of information coming from Bodleian Tours Office.
On arrival via the Great Gate off of Catte Street, we will rendezvous at 11.00 for 11.30 in front of the Proscholium which is at the rear of the School Quad behind the statue of the Earl of Pembroke.  Our guide will meet us in the Divinity School.
After the tour, approx one hour, there is a  café at the nearby Weston Library where hot and snacks are available.
If you go by car to Redbridge Park and Ride the charge is £2.00 for 1 -11 hours cash or card.  NB make a note of your car reg. number as you will need to enter it at the payment machine. The bus fare on the link from Redbridge to Oxford is £2.80 return, have your bus passes ready if you have one.
The X38 will take you to the centre of Oxford, ask the driver for the best route to the Bodleian, via Catte St, Radcliffe Sq.  The X38 doesn’t go direct to Oxford, you’ll be treated to a tour of Wallingford on the way before going on to Oxford centre, so allow about an hour plus, check on bus times from Henley.
If you choose to stay on after the tour the Oxford museum is nearby or you can sample the delights of shopping in the Northgate, Westgate Centres. or the pedestrian areas of Oxford.
I always pick up the return bus at St Aidan’s for either the X38 or the link to Redbridge.
John Whiting

Wed, 22 Sep 2021

Meet at: Sacred Heart Church
for: 8:45 am


September 22,  Weald & Downland Museum, Chichester. Depart 9 am

A coach trip to the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, near Chichester.

We will be able to visit a great variety of historical rural buildings in a beautiful landscape.

There is a cafe on the site and picnics may be taken. A booking form will be circulated nearer the time, but do let me know whether you are interested in this outing so that we can plan numbers.

Cost to include entrance and coach will be £28.

Contact Liz Toms


Travel will be by coach from the Catholic Church, Vicarage Road, Henley, leaving at 9 am.

Return will be at 4 pm from the Museum car park.

Thu, 1 Jul 2021

Meet at: Official car park at Wall Lane
for: 5:00 pm


Return visit to the archaeological excavations at the Roman Baths at Calleva.



Regrettably cancelled because the site was not up to ‘social distancing’ ethos and Reading University will not allow visitors on the site anymore.

Thu, 24 Jun 2021

Meet at: Wallingford Town Square
for: 2:00 pm


The first of our four planned outings this year will be a guided tour of Wallingford’s Castle and the newly renovated Museum.
In the museum, you will be able to see the Castle room, including the new model Castle, the Agatha Christie room, and the special exhibition about the Willis family of artists (see details on the website:
If this outing is of interest, please register with me, so that idea of numbers coming can be anticipated.



Thursday, June 24 meeting up at 2.00 in the Town Square. 

Travel to Wallingford via Bus X28 from Henley or your own vehicle, offers of lifts welcome.

The cost is £6.00 per head payable to Wallingford Museum, payable on the day.

In the unlikely event of inclement weather please bring a brolly and suitable footwear as the Castle grounds can be muddy.