Photographer: Sedgfield, William Russell
Medium: Photographic print
"At Henley is the chief regatta-course on the Thames, which here widens into a broad straight reach of water, eminently well adapted for boat-racing. the first rowing match at Henley took place in 1829, between two University crews, and ten years later the Henley-on-Thames Royal Regatta was established...The length of the course, from Regatta Island to the bridge, is 1 mile 3 furlongs...The square embattled tower of Henley Church is said to have been erected by Cardinal Wolsey. Closely adjoining the Church is the Red Lion Inn, on a window in which Shenstone wrote the lines:-
'Whoe'er has travelled life's dull round,
Where'er his stages may have been,
May sigh to think he still has found
His warmest welcome at an Inn.'"
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'The Thames Illustrated by Photographs'