About this bookExcerpt from Thames Valley Villages, Vol. 1
The Thames we all know intimately, for the river was discovered by the holiday-maker in the 'seventies Of the nineteenth century but we do not all know the Villages of the Thames Valley, and it was partly to satisfy a long-cherished curiosity on this point, and partly to make holiday in some of the little - known nooks yet remaining, that this tour was undertaken.
To one who lives, or exists, or resides - the reader is invited to choose his own epithet - beside the lower Thames, there must needs at times come a longing to know that upper stream whence these mighty waters originate, to find that fount where Father Thames starts forth in hesitating, infantile fashion to seek that spot where the stream, instead of owing, merely trickles. To such an one there comes, with every recurrent spring, the longing to penetrate to the Beyond, away past where the towns and Vil lages, the water-works and breweries cluster thickly beside the river-banks above the town of Reading, the Biscuit Town, and town of sauce and seeds.