Sonning Lock, look for the grounds of the old Bishop's Palace, Holme Park,
on the right. The grounds rise up away from the river, but are not a good
indication of the natural sloping terrace due to manmade intervention.
A Holme Oak
tree can be seen, that is around 200 years old. The tree is not a native
to Britain and its non-deciduous which means it keeps its leaves during
|Holme Oak in grounds of Bishop's Palace
to the Bishops Palace were King John in 1251 and Edward the Black Prince.
was already falling into disrepair when Queen Elizabeth bought it in 1574.
until you reach Sonning Bridge. Looking across the river, the flat area
in front of Caversham Park, and now largely Caversham park Village, is
the so-called Taplow Terrace (between about 30–50 feet; 9–15m above the
the upper terraces (actually correctly known as the Boyn Hill and Lynch
Hill Terraces) have yielded large numbers of artefacts the gravels of
the Taplow Terrace have few, and mostly in a river-worn condition (possibly
derived by erosion from older deposits). They are even rarer in the younger
gravels of the present floodplain.
now have Thames Valley Business Park built upon them, one of the many
companies sited there being British Gas, who provide North Sea gas to
the UK market.
As we approach
Sonning, the path runs at the foot of a 70–100ft (20–30m) high plateau.
This spur, which separates the Thames and Loddon valleys, comprises Cretaceous
age Upper Chalk, overlain by Tertiary age Reading Beds and younger London
TO PROFESSOR BRUCE SELLWOOD OF READING UNIVERSITY FOR ALL OF HIS HELP
WITH THIS WALK