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Henley on Thames Town Wall

In the civil parish of Henley on Thames.
In the historic county of Oxfordshire.
Modern Authority of Oxfordshire.
1974 county of Oxfordshire.
Medieval County of Oxfordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU762826
Latitude 51.53782° Longitude -0.90193°

Henley on Thames Town Wall has been described as a probable Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.


Medieval town defences of Gates only, position unknown, circumstantial documentary evidence, no archaeological evidence. (Bond)

Town defences at Henley on Thames were first documented in 1397 and last mentioned in 1531.
Henley-on-Thames "Although no traces of walls are now to be seen, there is abundant evidence that the town was once protected by them." The Corporation Deeds contain a number of references to them, most of which describe the position of various properties using phrases such as "above the walls", "at the walls," near the walls," etc. The first such entry occurs in 1397 and the last in 1531. {Note the significantly named feature "Town Ditch" on O.S 25", centred at SU 75988245 The O.N.B. merely calls it "a drain extending 4 chains from Gas Works"} (Burn 1861). (PastScape)

Map reference for parish church. Whatever the walls were mentioned between 1397 and 1531 they don't seem to have been significant enough to be otherwise noted by contemporary writers, or to have left any trace (even as faint as a road name). The name Town Ditch lies south of the town and was on the line of a parish boundary so definitely a boundary marker although probably a sewer rather than a defensive feature in practice.
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