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Sonning Bridge
Sonning Bridge c1885

Sonning Bridge c1885, photograph by Henry Taunt, reproduced by permission of Oxfordshire County Council, OCL8261

Sonning Bridge 2000
Sonning Bridge, photography by Graham Diprose & Jeff Robins, copyright Graham Diprose & Jeff Robins

" At the lock are Sadler's bees, kept by the lock-keeper, the son of the well-known old man who had charge here for so many years, but who has gone to his well-earned rest.

The view of the bridge below, in combination with the church, is one of the favourite bits of artists; and in old times, when Sonning was the seat of a bishop, it was no doubt of more importance, but could not at any time have been a pleasanter resting-place than at present."

Henry Taunt 1885

Sonning Mill worked until 1950, but has had a very attractive second life, restored and converted into a successful restaurant and theatre. The Great House (formally the White Hart), French Horn and Bull, all provide sustenance for the wealthy and the village itself remains a picture book scene, so close to the metropolis of Reading. Terrapins are often seen in the river here, probably released when they became troublesome pets.

Graham Diprose 2007

See this image on its original map.

The text above are sample extracts from the book; entries for each location are more extensive.


Outline of the River Thames: the area covered by Henry Taunt’s documentary photographs and maps from the source at Thames Head to the Houses of Parliament