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Sandford-on-Thames Town Information

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The river Thames at Sandford - Photo © Sheila Russell
The river Thames at Sandford - Photo: Sheila Russell CCL

This ancient village dominated by the influence of the River Thames was mentioned in the Domesday Book and boasts a remarkable history. The Romans realised its importance as a fording place and later the Knights Templar owned land here. The river helped to create trade and wealth and played a role in the English Civil when, in 1644, the Earl of Essex had to cross it to take part in the Battle of Cropredy. Jerome K Jerome’s famous novel ‘Three Men in a Boat’ refers to the river here as ‘a very good place to drown yourself in’. Ironically, it was where the real Peter Pan – author J.M. Barrie’s son Michael – drowned as an Oxford student.