27 Jul 2012

Sonning Lock and Village

  "The floral tastes of the lock-keeper generally make Sonning Lock very bright and gay"

                                                                                           Charles Dickens (1882)

Watering the plants on a hot Summer's day.
The lock-keeper's garden on the island.

There's a tea garden on the island
with views of the weir and backwater.
(This is where we saw the black swan).

"Is there a spot more lovely than the rest,
by art improved, by nature truly blest?
A noble river at its base running
it is a little village known as Sonning

James Sadler (1845-1885) Sonning lock-keeper
A short walk along the south bank towpath is the pretty village of Sonning. Walking up a narrow, leafy path, passing the flint-walled St. Andrew's Church and going through the churchyard visitors and locals can find another popular resting place at the Bull Inn. 

You can read more about the history of the lock here


  1. this is the UK i would love to see with my own eyes. so beautiful

  2. What a lovely place to visit. I'd love to have tea in the garden. Yes, we will be watching the opening of the Olympic Games and as much as possible through the weeks. What I love most is seeing the countryside and hearing of the area and the people who live there when all the fanfare is over!

  3. Just lovely photos! Enjoy the Olympic fever. We will be thinking of you here across the pond as we watch the opening ceremonies tonight.

  4. I would love to have tea in this tea garden and see the black swan. Lovely photos here.

  5. So quintessentially English, Relindis, even to the archetypal village pub and beautiful village church. Gorgeous!