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Shiplake is a village by the River Thames, lying about 3 miles upstream, south of Henley on the west bank.
The oldest part of the parish is the area known as the village of Shiplake Cross close to the 800 year old parish church of St Peter & Paul, Shiplake College, the local primary school and the 16th century pub.
The majority of homes are however located at the other end of the parish close to the railway station, corner shop, butcher, garage and excellent pub which is known as the village of Lower Shiplake.
Claims to fame

Shiplake is known for the Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta, which is held in early August, and the 13th church parish church where Alfred Lord Tennyson was married in 1850.
Jerome K. Jerome (1895-1927) mentions Shiplake in his book "Three Men in a Boat".
George Orwell (1903-1950), who went on to write Animal Farm and 1894, lived in Shiplake and Henley-on-Thames until he was about 14 years old. He published his first work "Awake Young Men of England" while he was living in Shiplake. 

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