Make Renaissance Wharf Lane your next chapter

12 August 2021

Posted under: Hobbies & interests

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Renaissance Wharf Lane sits in a truly beautiful corner of England, in the heart of the delightful Thames side village of Bourne End and surrounded by some of Buckinghamshire’s prettiest villages. So, it’s no surprise that the area has been home to a number of infamous artists and writers, who perhaps took inspiration from their picturesque surroundings.

S. Eliot

In nearby Marlow, which also sits on the banks of the Thames, you will find the houses on West Street where poet T S Eliot lived, while teaching in High Wycombe, and where poet Mary and author Percy Shelley lived. 31 West Street, where Eliot lived from 1917-1920, is now a popular local restaurant, The Vanilla Pod where renowned chef/owner Michael Macdonald creates culinary delights whilst guests can soak up the atmosphere of the house in which Eliot wrote some of his most famous poems like The Waste Land. Just along the street Mary Shelley also wrote the majority of her famous novels including Frankenstein.

Sir Terry Pratchett

For lovers of Sir Terry Pratchett’s books, the author best known for his series Discworld, can head to Beaconsfield where he grew up. There is now a blue plaque on the wall at Beaconsfield Library commemorating the time he worked there as a Saturday boy before embarking on his writing career during which he sold 85 million books worldwide.

Kenneth Grahame and Sir Stanley Spencer

The lovely village of Cookham, just along the road from Renaissance Bourne End, boasts two famous artistic and literary sons in Kenneth Grahame and Sir Stanley Spencer. Sir Stanley Spencer was born and lived most of his life in Cookham. Part of the New English Art Club school of painting, he is perhaps best known for his Sandham Memorial Chapel commission. Visit the Sir Stanley Spencer Gallery on the High Street or you can take their virtual walking tour showing the village as it was when he painted it.

Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger are the much-loved characters of Kenneth Grahame’s famous Wind in the Willows set along the banks of The Thames. Grahame spent some of his childhood living at The Mount on the River which perhaps where he was inspired to write the tales of the four furry friends.

Ivor Novello

Redroofs in Littlewick Green, on the outskirts of Maidenhead, was the scene of some huge parties attended by stars of the British stage and screen like Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward. The house was bought by Ivor Novello following his success at Gainsborough Pictures and was where he lived for 20 years which now houses The Redroofs Theatre School. Novello renamed it Redroofs and the blue plaque at the site now commemorates his time there.


If you’re looking to continue your own life story in an area steeped with history then look to start your next chapter at Renaissance Wharf Lane in Bourne End. To find out more about the homes available, call the team on 01628 918 145 or email [email protected].