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Henley on Thames Then & Now

Known around the world for its famous Royal Regatta, the Henley-on-Thames of today is a picturesque centre for the fashionable and successful. This was not always the case for this vibrant riverside town however - once a thriving river port, the railway boom of the 1840s took Henley's traditional trade with it, and the town's once beautiful buildings gradually fell into disrepair. Henley had to find a new source of prosperity - and in 1851, Prince Albert's patronage of the Henley annual regatta was just what it needed. Oxfordshire historian John Pilling and photographer Laurence Waters have curated a selection of archive images and stunning modern photographs of Henley 'then' and 'now', fascinatingly illustrating the changing face of this popular town and providing an amazing insight into its history.
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JOHN PILLING built up his knowledge of the history of Oxfordshire while working in the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies in Oxford Central Library. He has since worked as a professional librarian specialising in local history, and is now a Principal Librarian with the Oxfordshire Library Service. LAURENCE WATERS is a local professional photographer. After working most recently for Oxford University, he has been actively involved with the Great Western Society at Didcot for many years.

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