Wargrave is a village of 4000 residents, being a civil parish in Berkshire, which encloses the confluence of the River Loddon and the River Thames. It situated on the A321 road between Twyford and Henley-on-Thames. On the opposite bank of the River Thames are the villages of Shiplake and Lower Shiplake. Wargrave has three local schools, the primary school, infant school and a comprehensive school
Wargrave railway station is situated on the Henley Branch Line from Twyford to Henley. This railway provides a year-round direct link across the river to Shiplake and on to the end of the line, Henley-on-Thames, and allows connection for commuters to the regional centre Reading and to London. A large proportion of the residents in employment commute to outlying areas, as the village itself supports a small range of shops and business, but not enough to support the population.
The village population grew significantly especially in the 1970's and 80's as new developments in the parish boundaries responded to demand for housing for commuters working in and on the western outskirts of London. More recent development has generally been on a much smaller, organic scale.
The high street now - after surviving a longer period of pressure from 'out of town' shopping-centres - features a number of small shops and businesses that are supported by the population and visitors from nearby villages/towns.
There are marinas and Wargrave Boating Club for those who use the Thames for leisure and sport. In August, the Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta is a hard-fought and light-hearted annual boating and social event and one of the oldest regattas on the River Thames. It is notable for its well-known closing firework display that brings boaters from up and down river together with land-based spectators to enjoy the spectacle of a show over the water meadows, the sound reflecting from the valley-sides and the light reflecting in the river.
Knowl Hill is a small village in the civil parish of Hurley in the English county of Berkshire. It is situated 3 miles west of Maidenhead on the A4 Bath Road towards Reading.
The village is home to the Knowl Hill Primary School, St Peter's Church, a greasy spoon café and a tool shop. There are two fine pubs within the village, the Bird in Hand and the Seven Stars, and others in neighbouring places, each with its own unique character and history. Situated on the south side of the A4 is Knowl Hill Common, a small hill looking out over Berkshire towards Windsor Castle which can clearly be seen on a nice day. Also on the south side is a small wood known as 'The Clumps', the name coming from two trees that were once significantly taller that the rest and clumped in the middle.
Turville is a village in Buckinghamshire. It is located in the Chiltern Hills, about five miles west of High Wycombe, five miles north of Henley-on-Thames.
The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'dry field'. It was recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 796 as Thyrefeld.
The manor of Turville once belonged to the abbey at St Albans, but was seized by the Crown in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1547. The manor house has since been rebuilt as Turville Park, a fine stately home in the village. The present incumbent of the manor is Lord Sainsbury, of the J Sainsbury plc supermarket family.
The 1942 film Went the Day Well? in which German paratroopers invade a small English village was filmed in Turville, as were many of the scenes from the 1963 comedy film Father Came Too!. Additionally many of the outdoor scenes of television show The Vicar of Dibley were filmed in Turville, as were the outdoor scenes of Goodnight Mr Tom, the dream scene in Bride and Prejudice, the Daffyd Thomas scenes in Little Britain and the Cobstone Windmill used in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the neighbouring village of Ibstone, overlooks the village of Turville. Scenes have also been shot in the village for Midsomer Murders, Marple, the 2008 Christmas special of Jonathan Creek and the 2009 BBC adaptation of The Day Of The Triffids.