Image of Temple Island and the rowing course
Image of Temple Island and the rowing course
Remenham Parish
Remenham Parish

Remenham History

Remenham Parish Website's History Section

Thank you to all our contributors, who help to ensure that our history pages are constantly being updated with interesting articles and photographs. 


We are particularly delighted with the aerial photographs, below, but any historic photographs are of interest - especially from our parishioners.  


Maybe you have an interesting story or photograph from Remenham’s past.  If so, we’d love to see it, so please don’t hesitate to send it in.  The more the merrier!


Our contact address is 

A Morris Minor at Remenham Court

Sir Miles Thomas - later Lord Thomas of Remenham -was the Managing Director of Morris Motors at the time Alec Issigonis was designing the Morris Minor. It was his enthusiasm that saw the project to completion in 1948.
He subsequently became Chairman of BOAC and a director of the Dowty Group .
In 1959 he acquired Remenham Court and lived there until his passing in 1980.
(The calendar below includes images of Remenham Court)

2024 Classic Car Calendar


A Lancaster over Henley

A Lancaster over Henley
WhatsApp Video 2023-07-04 at[...]
MP4 video/audio file [2.3 MB]

Shown below is a letter sent to the Daily Telegraph. 

Sir George Dowty met Sir Miles Thomas - later to become  Lord Thomas of Remenham - in the early nineteen  sixties when they were both returning from the USA on a transatlantic liner. Miles impressed Sir George greatly - reaching the same conclusion that Sir Winston Churchill made when he witnessed Miles stewardship during wartime as the de facto head of Morris Motors - which had been switched to armaments. Miles joined the Dowty board shortly afterwards and served until his passing in 1980.


Peter Mace
Storrington, West Sussex

SIR – A Royal Commission on healthcare will only waste more time and money. It is blindingly obvious to everyone that there are too many NHS managers. We should follow the example of Sir Miles Thomas who, when put in charge of the failing British Overseas Airways Corporation in 1949, removed an entire level of senior management. The company improved dramatically.

In the case of the NHS, apart from reducing costs, I am sure that such a move would improve the morale of the many professionals trying to do their job, which would in turn aid recruitment.

1914 map of Remenham Hill 

This is a low res version of a 1914 map of Remenham Hill 

from Henley Bridge to Middle Culham Farm from the towpath from Upper Thames to Marsh Lock, Green Cottage and Kentons Lane etc
Park Place (with its gas works, racquet court and pheasantry) and
Remenham Place.
To obtain the full size jpg please download the file below.
Remenham Hill 1914.jpg
JPG image [11.0 MB]

Aerial Photographs of Remenham in 1923, 1947 & 1952 

Aerial Photographs of Remenham in 1923, 1947 & 1952 (courtesy of Historic England [EAW044548 ENGLAND (1952).  Remenham, the Henley Royal Regatta in progress and the town, 1952]).

Aerial Photographs of Remenham and Aston in 1923-1952 (courtesy of Historic England [EAW044548 ENGLAND (1952)]): eights racing at HRR in 1923, Remenham surroundings (x2) in 1952, HRR (x4) in 1952 and Aston surroundings in 1947.

These images are subject to copyright and owned by Historic England.

Updated Berkshire Record Office Catalogue for Remenham

Berkshire Record Office.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [58.3 KB]

The story of the Hambledon Lock Keeper – contributed by Jim Bland

Adobe Acrobat document [113.3 KB]

A short story, about Temple Island, written in 1869 by Charles Dickens


A short story, about Temple Island, written in 1869 by Charles Dickens.


Remenham Church Choir (circa 1959):  Peter Daines

Remenham Church Choir.doc
Microsoft Word document [23.0 KB]

The death of the then Rector of Remenham, Charles Mills Skottowe, on 16 May 1878

History of Remenham - report of the deat[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [264.7 KB]

The Little Churches of Berkshire - Remenham

The Little Churches of Berkshire.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [223.4 KB]

We are starting  to compile a comprehensive history of the parish.


Jim Bland, a long-time resident has kindly given us a map that he has drawn up of Archaeological Finds in Remenham. See the pdf as follows:

Adobe Acrobat document [296.0 KB]

We have also been given an extract from the 1850's Gazetteer:

Adobe Acrobat document [232.3 KB]

This is a very small start so please do send us what you can and we will include on the site.  Please contact 

By kind permission of Robert Treharne Jones By kind permission of Robert Treharne Jones

River Webcam




Sunday 23 June

11.15am Holy Communion (BCP) with hymns


Sunday 30 June         

11.15am sung Matins (BCP) with hymns

Rectory Office – 01491 577340


We continue to hold a service every Sunday at 11.15am (details above).  The church is open daily from 9.30am to 4.00pm for private prayer.  

Rubbish & Recycling

Please click on the graphic above for the latest information - thank you

Traffic & Travel

Please click on the graphic above for the latest information on traffic and travel from Wokingham Borough Council - thank you



In emergencies defibrillators can soon be found at the following:
Remenham & Aston
Hambleden Lock
Opposite Temple Island
Remenham Parish Hall
The Flower Pot, Aston
The Leander Club
Upper Thames Rowing Club
Remenham Parish Council Oct


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