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About Stoke Row

This Oxfordshire village in the Chiltern Hills, located about 5 miles west of Henley-on-Thames is best known for the Victorian Maharajah's Well, a four foot round aperture, dug to the depths of two Nelson's column. Built in 1864 it was a gift from the Indian Maharajah of Benares to repay a similar community gift and subsequent friendship with Mr Edward Reade, Squire of nearby Ipsden.

Rumour has it that a Stoke Row pub provided a hideout for notorious highwayman Dick Turpin on many occasions due to his fondness for the local landlord's daughter, Bess.
The free house in question, The Crooked Billet, re-entered the spotlight in 1989 when rock band Marillion's new lead singer Steve Hogarth gave his first performance with the band. This spawned a documentary DVD called From Stoke row to Ipanema - A Year in the Life of Marillion.
Claim to Fame:

In 1998, Stoke Row's The Crooked Billet was the venue of actress Kate Winslet's famous 'bangers and mash' wedding reception. 


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