Earliest Photograph

Earliest Photograph

This is the earliest known photograph of Cippenham, probably dating close to 1900. More »

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

It is believed that there was a palace for Saxon kings in Cippenham More »

Cippenham in the 1930s

Cippenham in the 1930s

The green and pond are familiar landmarks More »

Cippenham Court Farm circa 1910

Cippenham Court Farm circa 1910

Prior to WW1, Cippenham was a small village surrounded by several large farms. At the end of the war, things began to change.. More »

Earliest map showing Cippenham

Earliest map showing Cippenham

John Rocque’s Berkshire Map, 1761, might be the earliest map that shows Cippenham. More »

 

1980’s Village Green Video

A little something to celebrate May Day with Venus and Jupiter in conjunction, by Juliette Brookman: Around 1985, an amateur video drama was made in a house in Roebuck Green. It was called “The Eve of Walter’s Departure” and was

Burnham Beeches, Burnham and Burnham Station, Cippenham

The opening of Burnham Beeches Station in 1899 let smoke-addled Londoners take day trips to a scenic ancient woodland in the Middle Thames Valley which had been specifically purchased by The Corporation. The origins of Burnham Beeches Wood are obscured

VE Day in Salt Hill Way

Salt Hill Way

This photograph is of a street party held in Salt Hill Way to celebrate the Allied victory in Europe. In fact like many of the other street parties, it was actually held on the weekend following Tuesday 8 May, 1945.

The strange tail of the Chalvey Stabmonk

Sabaziuos Mone

Few people today will have heard of the bizarre ‘Stabmonk’ ceremony that took place annually on Whit Monday in Chalvey where a plaster-cast effigy of a monkey was given a mock funeral and burial. The first printed reference to the

Author Susan Cooper and WW2

Susan Cooper is an acclaimed author of children’s books and is best known for her fantasy series, The Dark Is Rising. She was born in 1935 and grew up on Westlands Avenue in Huntercombe (the area around Huntercombe Manor straddling

Ploughing Match 1913

The photographs below are from The Royal South Bucks Ploughing Match and Agricultural Show held at Cippenham 1st October 1913. The ploughing competition took place on Josiah Gregory’s Farm (Western Farm). The field in the pictures is probably south of

Queen Anne’s Well, Chalvey

Queen Anne’s Well is said to have first been used to supply drinking water to the monarch at Windsor Castle at least 300 years ago. It wasn’t a well in the sense generally recognised today, but actually a spring. The

The Slough Bomb Mystery

Of the many secret files of World War Two that have been declassified, only one contains the word ‘mystery’ in its title. The event that confounded the British War Cabinet and the high-command of the RAF was termed the Slough

How Cippenham Court Farm became The Slough Dump

Prior to the 20th century, Cippenham was a quiet country village consisting of humble terraced cottages surrounded by some large farms. East of the centre was Cippenham Court Farm which is the only one from which buildings survive to the

Cippenham’s Cinema

Theis building started out as the Commodore Cinema

Cippenham has only ever had one cinema. Originally named the Commodore it opened its doors on 30 November 1938. A stone’s throw from Everett’s Corner, it was situated on the Bath Road at the east side of the junction with