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Missionaries brought Christianity to the Thames Valley with the arrival of St.

Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames, in the 7th Century.

Following a substantial grant of land from the Crown, the ancient parish of Sonning gradually extended from Sonning Common (five miles to the north-west on higher ground where farm animals would have grazed) to the heath lands of Sandhurst (some fifteen miles to the south-east).

In 909, Sonning including the parish of Ramsbury in Wiltshire was constituted a separate bishopric.

Richard, meanwhile, was murdered at Pontefract Castle and local legend has it that the exiled Queen’s melancholy ghost still languishes along quieter reaches of the Thames.

In 1574, Sonning’s episcopal connexions were finally severed when Queen Elizabeth exchanged two of her Wiltshire manors for Bishop Edmund Gheast’s Holme Park estate.

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Soon afterwards, the very first foundations of Sonning’s St.

Andrew’s parish church would have been laid probably on or near the site of an earlier place of pagan worship.

Encompassing a large swathe of land which included much of present-day Woodley and Earley, the estate remained in the Palmer family’s possession until 1911 by which time death duties and a prolonged agricultural depression were beginning to take their toll.

Meanwhile, the house redesigned in the Gothic style with which we are so familiar today took shape when the new owners Henry and Isabella Golding Palmer commissioned a wholesale refurbishment of their Holme Park mansion between 1880-1882.

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