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Sonning - the Berkshire village home to George Clooney

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Post by party animal - not! Wed 09 Sep 2020, 13:24

Here are some nice pix of Sonning...............


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Post by Admin Wed 09 Sep 2020, 13:34

Haha!  I saw that article, but just couldn't be bothered to copy over all the pictures, which mostly seem to be of the same three places from different angles. Let's give it a go here.

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The gorgeous riverside Berkshire village home to the likes of George Clooney
The ancient village of Sonning has become an incredible, if pricey, place to live.


[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Homes in Pearson Road, Sonning
Despite its near permanent traffic jam through its centre, the Berkshire village of Sonning has always been seen as an exclusive place to live.
Right on the River Thames, the village is extraordinarily picturesque.
The village was famously featured in Jerome K. Jerome's famous book, Three Men in a Boat, which calls Sonning: "The most fairy-like little nook on the whole river".
Its riverside location has always been desirable for the rich and famous.
The world-famous "Sonning spoon bender" Uri Geller, lived in an enormous house in Thames Street in the village for more than 40 years.
When he left in 2015, he said: "The village is spiritual, it’s an incredible centre of energy with the river."


Other famous residents have included former England football manager Glenn Hoddle and legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.
Its most famous current residents are Hollywood actor George Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife Amal, who live in a huge house on the banks of the Thames.
The pair are regularly spotted in the village.

Other attractions include the ancient Bull Inn, the even older St Andrew's Church and the Coppa Club.


Despite its beauty, Sonning does not often feature in these sort of polls.
Reasons for this could include its average house price of £795,409, according to Rightmove.
The traffic issue over Sonning Bridge has always been an issue, as is the flooding of riverside homes and businesses.
Our photographer Grahame Larter took a trip to the around the village.


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The ancient St Andrew's Church. A regular visitor is former Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Phillip
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It's not just the rich and famous who enjoy life by the Thames
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The Mill at Sonning is a popular local theatre
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This rather extraordinary font cover can be found inside St Andrew's Church
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St Andrew's Church is a magnificent ancient building which is said to date back to the 7th century
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Another look at the picturesque Mill at Sonning
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Inside the stunning St Andrew's Church
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A closer look at some of the decorations in St Andrew's Church
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The view down Pearson Road in the centre of the village
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The entrance to one of the village's massive homes
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Robert Palmer Cottages in Pearson Road. These are Grade II listed buildings named after the former Tory MP for Berkshire, not the 1980s singer who sung "Addicted to Love"
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The famous Bull Inn, as featured in "Three Men in a Boat"
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Life by the river is peaceful, particularly if you have your own transport
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There are some grand vessels to be seen on the river in Sonning
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The Coppa Club is a popular riverside venue in the village
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The river provides a beautiful spot for fishing
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The Coppa Club offers these unique "igloos" for its guests
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This bridge is a popular spot for young swimmers to jump in the river on hot days
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The view up Thames Street, former home of Uri Geller
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Sonning Bridge in all its glory
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The spectacular French Horn restaurant offers fine dining in the centre of the village
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The river is perfect for watersports
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This one of the spectacular stained glass windows inside St Andrew's Church
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Homes on Thames Street in the centre of Sonning
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A stretch of the Thames surrounding by greenery
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Thousands of vehicles travel over Sonning Bridge every day


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Post by Admin Wed 09 Sep 2020, 13:36

This kind of reminds me of the sort of thing our teachers used to make us write at the beginning of term, 'What I did during the holidays', only with pictures.
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Post by party animal - not! Wed 09 Sep 2020, 18:52



Very true - and it actually doesn't do the place justice to be honest - another one of those

stories that may distract from all that is awful at the moment maybe - or a newbie asked

to fill more column inches........


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Post by Admin Wed 09 Sep 2020, 21:08

party animal - not! wrote: or a newbie asked to fill more column inches........  
Probably a "We've got 10 minutes before we're off down the pub. Get something online pronto!" editorial decision.
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Post by PigPen Thu 10 Sep 2020, 12:57

Katie you have the patience of Solomon for getting all that on the thread.  You're a better man than I am Gunga Din!!!!

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