Penton Hook Island, Chertsey: Lillian Stevens 25.02.1926 – 29.05.2007

Penton Hook Island is a lovely and interesting spot in the River Thames between Chertsey and Staines.  Managed for wildlife the island has a network of paths through the trees and is popular with local walkers.  The island was formed by Penton Hook Lock being constructed across a loop in the river.

This bench to Lillian Stevens has a view over the River Thames and is a lovely place to rest.  The bench overlooks the spot where very sadly in 2010 two young men drowned trying to save their pet dog from the river.

We were at Penton Hook Island on a lovely sunny day and it was easy to see why Lillian Stevens loved the island and this part of the River Thames.

In loving memory of Lilian Stevens Who loved this island and the river 25.02.1926 - 29.05.2007

In loving memory of
Lilian Stevens
Who loved this island and the river
25.02.1926 – 29.05.2007

Penton Hook Island near Chertsey looking out to the River Thames

Penton Hook Island near Chertsey looking out to the River Thames

Weybridge and the River Thames: Dennis Irwin (1935 – 1999)

We were staying in Chertsey for a few days and had to cycle along the River Thames path early on a Sunday morning to get our son’s bike to Richmond Park, as he was taking part in the London Duathlon.

Although we were rushing, I stopped for a few minutes to look at this commemorative bench with a lovely view that was particularly stunning in the peace of a sunny morning.

The words on the bench, ‘he loved walking the Thames tow path with family and friends’ conjures up an image of a friendly and sociable man who was active and companionable.

Denis Irwin 1935 - 1999 He loved walking the Thames tow path with family and friends

Denis Irwin
1935 – 1999
He loved walking the Thames tow path with family and friends

The River Thames, Weybridge

The River Thames, Weybridge