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and venerable tower of Henley Church appears over a thick grove, which has been planted to prevent any part of that town from being seen but that principal and pleasing object. The view down the river includes a very fine reach of it, which is enlivened by an island, tastefully planted, and decorated with a building of some elegance. The eye then stretches on to Greenland and Medmenham, and the high grounds that hang over Culham Court.
The church of Fawley, which is situated in the upper part of the parish, is a neat, ancient structure; and that its interior appearance is of a superior kind will be readily believed, when it is known that it is fitted up with the entire furniture of the chapel at Cannons, the magnificent seat of the Duke of Chandois, near Edgeware, in Middlesex. On the dilapidation of that stately pile, for sale, about the middle of the last century, the wainscoting, seats, gallery, pulpit, &c. were purchased by an ancestor of the present Mr. Freeman, for the purpose to which they have been so well applied. In the church-yard there is also an elegant, and well-constructed, mausoleum, for the final repose of the Freeman family.
The parsonage-house, though not visible from the Thames, possesses one of the most beautiful situations, in point of extent, variety, and romantic character, that is to be found in the vicinity of the river, from its source to the sea. The last incumbent was the Rev. Dr. Powys, Dean of Canterbury, an elegant scholar, and an excellent man; who, while this page was preparing for the press, concluded his venerable and valuable life.
THE Thames is no where more abundant in beauty, than between Henley and Marlow: while the river itself, as if sensible of the superior charms of its banks, lingers, as it were, in its course, by a greater variety and succession of meanders, than it any where displays, from its fountain to the sea. Culham Court is among the ornamental objects which distinguish the Berkshire side of the stream.
The manor of Culham belonged, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, to the family of the Nevilles: it was, in the beginning of the last century, the property of Serjeant Stevens, and latterly of Robert Mitchell, Esq. who erected the house, which, with the home scenery, forms the subject of the engraving. On his death it descended to one of his two daughters, the co-heiresses of his property, who married the Honourable Mr. West, a brother of the Earl of De Lawarr.
From Henley, to this part of the river, the Berkshire side sinks in a comparison with the woody theatres of the opposite country at Culham Court it recovers its former character, and at this place, Berkshire, which is full of landscape beauty, may boast of one of its most delightfu prospects. It is not of great extent, but embraces a variety of charming objects, and distinctly commands every thing it comprehends.
The mansion-house is an handsome modern building, and stands half way down an expansive irregular brow, with large, wide-spreading trees scattered over it, which gradually declines, in swelling and unequal slopes, towards the river beneath it. To the right the view occupies the meads, through which the stream serpentines in superior beauty, with their rich and various boundaries. Before it, and on the Buckinghamshire side of the water, is Medmenham, with its church, abbey-house, and upland farms. To the left the eye advances up the enchanting vale of Hambledon, and finds a