About the Village
Whitchurch-on-Thames is a picturesque village with a population of about 790, lying within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Most of the village is designated as a Conservation Area. We have an ancient church, a thriving primary school and two welcoming pubs. Across the River Thames, reached by a 100-year-old toll bridge, are the shops and trains of Pangbourne, Berkshire.
The Toll Bridge
Since 1792 there has been a toll bridge across the Thames, linking Whitchurch-on-Thames in Oxfordshire with Pangbourne in Berkshire. The present bridge, built in 1902, is the third on the site. It is a Grade II listed structure and has a statutory weight limit of 7.5 tonnes.
The bridge is owned and operated by the privately owned Whitchurch Bridge Company under Acts of Parliament of 1792 and 1988. The company's website provides full information.
The bridge has been closed to traffic since 3rd October 2013 while it has been completely rebuilt. The bridge is re-opening on 19th September 2014 at 5:00pm. See also this page of the Whitchurch Web.
A warm welcome awaits you in the village's two pubs, The Greyhound and The Ferryboat.
The Greyhound Inn, on the High Street in the middle of the village, is managed by Ruan Keegan. A new chef Salem has recently joined Ruan. Click on the link above for more information. Tel: 0118 996 8947
Country Pub &
Restaurant, on the High Street near the toll bridge, is managed by Graham
Dednum. Head chef Ramon runs the bistro-style restaurant. Please see
their website for opening times and menus. Closed on Mondays. Tel: 0118 984 2161
The Picture Gallery
In the High Street, the village shop of earlier times is now Modern Artists Gallery and has a display of contemporary art on two floors.
In fields on both sides of Hardwick Road large numbers of alpacas can be seen. Bozedown Alpacas, founded in 1989, is one of the largest alpaca breeding and stud centres in the country.
Installed in 2004, the Maze can be found at the eastern end of the village beside Hardwick Road. Planted with thyme and overlooked by a sundial, this is a haven for wildlife and picnickers.
Hardwick House and Estate
The privately-owned Hardwick Estate is set in woodlands leading down to the Thames on the eastern side of Whitchurch. The history, information about how the farm is run organically today, events at Hardwick House are all detailed in their website.
The scenic Hartslock Bridleway links Whitchurch with Goring. This article describes its ancient role as the Tuddingway and tells the story of new steps on a slippery slope. There is also an article by Pat Preece, published in Oxfordshire Local History in 2006.
Whitchurch Lock is one of forty-five locks on the Thames. Sadly, it is thought to be the only lock on the Thames that cannot be accessed on foot, only by boat!