Shiplake, Oxfordshire, RG9 4BY
Date of visit: 12th Jan 2022
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Shiplake consists of three settlements: Shiplake, Shiplake Cross and Lower Shiplake. Together these villages form a civil parish situated beside the River Thames 2 miles (3 km) south of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England.
The earliest known surviving records of the toponym “Shiplake” are from the 13th century. The Book of Fees records Sciplak in 1236 and the Taxatio Ecclesiastica records Schipelak in 1292. It is derived from Old English and means “stream where sheep were washed”. The other supposed origin is a mix of Saxon (Scip=ship) and Danish (Lack= to want or not to possess) ‘lack of ships’ and may relate to a Viking practice of sinking boats as a cache. Vikings raided the Thames and attacked Reading in 871. The Viking option was preferred by Emily J Climenson in her 1894 tome, ‘The History of Shiplake’.
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Northing & Westing 51°29’56.0″N, 0°53’58.5″W
Plus code: 9C3XF4X2+H5
Grid Reference SU 76483 78345
OS X & Y: 178345, 476483
Latitude & Longitude: 51.498882, -0.89958
UK Postcode: RG9 4BY
District: South Oxfordshire District
Parish: Shiplake CP
Ward: Shiplake Ward
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