Rod Eyot - Henley Rowing Museum
Ahead of you is an eyot - [eyot = ait =
ayt means island and pronounced eight) you will, INITIALLY, appreciate
(appreci-eyot?) various puns on this - boats called 'Pieces of Eyot' etc
Navig-eyot around it carefully!)
You can go either side.
Rod Eyot has ten chalets and a brick cottage. Several of the properties are occupied on a permanent basis, whilst others are weekend recreational homes. Each of the properties has its own riverbank moorings.
Until 1907, when the Town council sold off the plots, it was known as Corporation Island. At the time, only the brick cottage existed, originally being the home of the Farrier who shoed the horses which towed the River Barges
1878: Below Marsh Mills with Henry Taunt by Henry Taunt. An especially precious photograph because the character leaning on the gate is Henry Taunt himself -
Below Marsh Mills with Henry Taunt by Henry Taunt, 1878
© Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive;
At the end of the eyots is a wide section as one approaches Marsh Lock. There can be difficult currents below Marsh Lock and the layby is not the easiest on the Thames.
2016: New house on Left bank (north east just below lock on island). Planning permission granted.
Artist's impression of new house, 2016