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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Henley-on-Thames was 11,619.
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The first written record of Henley dates to 1179, when King Henry II “had bought land for the making of buildings”. Evidence has been discovered of earlier Romano-British settlers in the area (although these earlier settlers didn’t think of setting up rowing races).
The town’s popular market can be traced back to 1269 when Henley was granted license to hold a market by King John, not the most popular royal, he wasn’t the last to influence Henley’s fortunes.
Henley’s oldest building is the Old Bell in Bell Street, built in 1325. Around 1350 the Great Plague hit the town, killing around 60% of the population.
You say you want a revolution? George Harrison was one prominent figure to have lived in Henley. King Charles I had stayed in the town in 1638 and came back again in 1642 during the English Civil War. Although things didn’t end well for Charles, after the restoration another would-be King, William of Orange, passed through during his Glorious Revolution. But neither king produced such catchy tunes as the Beatles guitarist.
During the Civil War, the town’s sympathies (and that of some of it’s more prominent citizens) lay with the Parliamentarians. Henley’s position, on the bank of the Thames, leading to the Royalist stronghold of Oxford made it strategically important. Royalist troops did manage to pass through the town, taking provisions to the King’s army. In January 1643 royalist soldiers were advancing up Duke Street when they were fired upon by Parliamentarian cannons and killed. King Charles returned one last time in 1947 on his way to stand trial in London where he quite literally lost his head!
Nearby Greenlands House also suffered during the conflict, having been built by Thomas Chaucer (son of Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales), during the Civil War it was owned by John d’Oyley a Royalist sympathiser and as a result was besieged and mostly destroyed.
The town’s distinctive five arched bridge opened in 1786 bringing more trade through the town and raising its prominence and fortunes. But it was 50 years later that during a public meeting in 1839 Captain Edmund Gardiner proposed a regatta be held ‘under judicious and respectable management’. He maintained that as well as bringing trade to the town, ‘from its peculiar attractions it would also be a source of amusement and gratification to the neighbourhood and the public in general’.
It was the attendance of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria’s consort) in 1851 that the rowing event gained its Royal patronage. It is now one of the biggest events on the royal circuit. Henley remains a town that embraces both its traditions and history while being a funky artisan town with cute quirks, great food and some fantastic watering holes.
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