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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Pangbourne



These photos were taken many years ago when I visited Pangbourne to look a couple of Churches and take some photos around the village. Pangbourne lays on the River Thames where the River Pang joins it. The Railway also runs past just behind where I am stood taking the photo below.  One of the first things you see when you come into the village from the station side is this sign, I remember it appearing when I went to school one day. It depicts the King of Mercia who granted some land here. Now quite what a King of Mercia was doing owning land in Wessex is beyond me. The ship I suppose represents the Vikings who were always raiding the area as the had a stronghold in Reading






Going a little further along you see the road leading through the town




the junction here takes you to Theale on the right and Reading straight ahead




A little way along the Theale road are these old buildings, one you can see is the Post Office




Old shop fonts and a pub





The Post Office entrance which I don't think is use now




These old cottages are opposite the church



and is at the bottom of Shooters Hill





I think this may be an old dovecote but the cottage on the left here was where Kenneth Grahame lived till he died in 1932




Another view of the pub on the Theale road




The Hotel I remember here near the Tee junction was called the Elephant could not tell you what it's called now





Above the River Pang which goes to giving Pangbourne it's name




The centre of the town looking towards Reading




The George Hotel



Old shop fronts here have not changed much since Victorian times





Above the road leading to Witchurch and the George again on the left













The Witchurch road heads on under this bridge past this Ghost sign.










I'll bring you some photos of what is on the other side of the bridge in another blog. Have a Great Tuesday




9 comments:

  1. That was quite a beautiful tour through a lovely picturesque town!

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  2. Thanks for that little tour around the town. I almost feel like I've been there in person.

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  3. I like the way you have teased out some of the history and beauty of the place, but I love that old round dovecote. Thank you for the tour.

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  4. The George Hotel particularly stands out to me.

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  5. Thanks for the tour Bill, lovely series of shots and informative text.

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  6. Thank you for the tour, Bill, as we didn't get to Pangbourne when we were in the area recently. It's a pleasant place to wander around and go down to the backwater of the river Pang. The sign is striking and says something of the history way back in time. We used to go to The Elephant a lot for special occasions when it was called The Copper Kettle. It's the Elephant now and we went there some time ago and had a nice lunch in the hotel garden.

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    1. Thank you for reminding me of the hotels name, I went to a wedding reception there back in the 1970s and it was nice. Glad you enjoyed the tour

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