Shepperton, Old River

The Old River, the natural course, Right bank, avoiding Desborough Cut is very lovely and navigable for most boats (if not all?)

Desborough Island -

South East quarter is Waterworks, reservoir and pumping station
North East quarter is Sports Ground with Clubhouse
South West is Sports Ground adjacent to waterworks
Remainder is rough field

Site of Halliford Bridge ???

1937: "The Thames and its Story" has this statement -

Halliford Bridge was washed away some years ago by the floods; and now, about half a mile below Halliford, the Surrey and Middlesex shores are connected by a brick and iron structure which is named Walton Bridge.

1885: "Dickens's Dictionary of the Thames" says

An iron bridge connects the counties of Middlesex and Surrey at Halliford; the old brick bridge, with its numerous arches, having succumbed some years ago in a disastrous flood."

Confusion! Anybody know how to sort this out?

Lantern Slide (1883-1908) - Shepperton
Pictures by W.C.Hughes. Thanks to Pat Furley, research by Dr Wilson.

Gibbs Marina

Right bank at the point furthest north on the old course
1996: The chandlery here was burnt down. There have been various planning applications. I am uncertain of the current position.

Sailing Club

Right bank above Gibbs Marina

Shepperton Church

Right bank on old river

1859: The Thames, Mr & Mrs Hall


Close to the river are the house and grounds of W. S. Lindsay, Esq., M.P. Some fine trees hang over his boat-house. These grounds are, perhaps, the most beautiful to be met with all along the river-banks: those who have taste as well as riches have always the power to give to others a large share of the luxuries they themselves obtain from wealth. The distance to Shepperton by water from Chertsey Bridge is about four miles; but the direct way by land is not more than a mile and a quarter. Another turn of the river brings us to Lower Halliford.

1885: Dickens's Dictionary of the Thames -

In the churchyard ... is that rarest of all black swans, a pretty and graceful epitaph, which well deserves quotation:

Shepperton Grave Mary Love Peacock (poem)

Listen to 'Epitaph'

Long night succeeds thy little day,
O blighted blossom! Can it be
That this grey stone and grassy clay
Have closed our anxious care of thee?
The half-formed speech of artless thought
That spoke a mind beyond thy years;
The song, the dance, by nature taught;
The sunny smiles, the transient tears;
The symmetry of face and form,
The eye with light and life replete;
The little heart so fondly warm;
The voice so musically sweet.
These, lost to hope, in memory yet
Around the hearts that loved thee cling,
Shadowing with long and vain regret
The too fair promise of thy spring.

Margaret Love Peacock,
Born 1823,
Died 1826,
one of the children of
Thomas Love Peacock
who lived many years at Lower Halliford,
and died there, 1866.

1889: Jerome K Jerome -

Halliford and Shepperton are both pretty little spots where they touch the river; but there is nothing remarkable about either of them.  There is a tomb in Shepperton churchyard, however, with a poem on it, and I was nervous lest Harris should want to get out and fool round it.  I saw him fix a longing eye on the landing-stage as we drew near it, so I managed, by an adroit movement, to jerk his cap into the water, and in the excitement of recovering that, and his indignation at my clumsiness, he forgot all about his beloved graves.

[ Jerome 0, Peacock 1 ]

1890: Shepperton, Francis Frith -

1890: Shepperton, Francis Frith
1890: Shepperton, Francis Frith

1890: Shepperton, backwater and Church, Francis Frith
1890: Shepperton, backwater and Church, Francis Frith

From the Steam Boat Companion (1826) -

[Shepperton] The great delight of Wotton, of old, and of many others of the present day, who prefer quiet, the sweet air and patience in a punt, to the noise of the world, the quibbles of the law courts, and the deceptions of trade, and the Exchange.

Shepperton, River and Church 1899, Surrey
1899: Shepperton River and Church, Francis Frith

1923: Ward Lock, The Thames -

Shepperton lies low, and at flood-time has to submit to water invasion. The pretty backwater close to the church is called the Silent Pool.
Shepperton is hoary with age, though in springtime it blossoms and "utters joyous leaves" with all the daintiness and charm of youth. The village square, with the church, hostelries and houses, has a very old-world look.

Desborough Sailing Club

Right bank just above Shepperton Church
Whilst I slowly punted round the old course, racing canoeists completed the entire circuit and took great delight in greeting me twice. One of them cutting the corner nearly came to a nasty end by colliding with the punt.

Weybridge Sailing Club

Left bank just below D'Oyly Carte Island below Shepperton Lock
01932 349 646 or 01932 259 661