Wargrave is a village of ca. 4000 residents, being a civil parish in Berkshire, England which encloses the confluence of the River Loddon and the River Thames. The village is within Wokingham District and is classed as part of the Reading postal code area (RG10). The name Wargrave is derived from "Weir-Grove" rather than a literal meaning of War Grave and the village dates back to from Medieval times .
Wargrave railway station is situated on the Henley Branch Line from Twyford to Henley. This railway provides a year-round direct link across the river to Shiplake and on to the end of the line, Henley-on-Thames, and allows connection for commuters to the regional centre Reading and to London. A large proportion of the residents in employment commute to outlying areas, as the village itself supports a small range of shops and businesses, but not enough to support the population.
The village population grew significantly especially in the 1970s and 80's as new developments in the parish boundaries responded to demand for housing for commuters working in and on the western outskirts of London. More recent development has generally been on a much smaller, organic scale.
The high street now - after surviving a longer period of pressure from 'out of town' shopping-centres - features a number of small shops and businesses that are supported by the population and visitors from nearby villages/towns.
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