Stoke Row is a village of approximately 700 inhabitants and is situated 175 metres above sea level at the southern end of the Chiltern Hills. It's flint and clay soil, laid over chalk, enabled its early history of pottery making. However, there was no natural water source and it is likely that only hunter gatherers would have visited this wooded area until the Saxons came.

At that time it became know as Stoches (meaning a fenced place) Ruh (meaning a rough, outlying place). Later this long narrow village, straggling along the ridge, became Stoke Rewe (the latter from the Norman French Rue, meaning street). Administratively, the village was in the parish of Ipsden until 1952, when it formed its own Parish Council...

- Angela Spencer-Harper, March 2004
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You may have seen bus timetables appearing at stops and/or notice boards in the village advertising a new bus service to Henley operating on Thursdays from 25th April.

Services are timed to connect with trains at Henley (and Goring), buses to Reading at Peppard Common (Unicorn) or at Woodcote so passengers are not restricted to just going to Henley or Goring, where the service starts.

The fare is £3 for any single journey on the section of route between Goring and Stoke Row, or between Stoke Row and Henley.  Journeys that cross the Stoke Row 'boundary' cost £5 single or £8 day return.  Concessionary pass holders travel free and it's half fare for children aged 5-18.  If you have a railcard you can buy a single ticket and come back the same day for free.  Walkers (including those with dogs!) are always welcome - hop on the bus for a few stops and walk back or vice versa.  The bus will stop anywhere along the route where it is safe to do, just give a clear hand signal to the driver so he knows you want to catch it, and a shout when you want to get off!


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