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 »

 

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

The Cippenham V1 Flying Bomb

Cippenham Doodlebug

In World War 2, Cippenham escaped relatively lightly from German bombing. At around 8:40 AM on 23 August 1944, however, a V1 flying bomb (doodlebug) fell from the sky and exploded near to the boundary of the village green. 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

Queen Anne’s Well, Chalvey

This is just one of a number of remarkable stories about Chalvey, which has a good share of old mysteries and intrigues. We will be bringing some other stories from Chalvey’s past, once our researches are complete. Queen Anne’s Well

The 1940 bombings and Susan Cooper

Although Cippenham didn’t suffer particularly from air attacks in WW2, during the month of October 1940, Buckinghamshire was bombed intensively and houses were hit twice in Cippenham causing fatalities in both instances. The online record, “Bombs over Bucks” gives a

Lost buildings of Lower Cippenham Lane

Lower Cippenham Lane is probably the oldest route through Cippenham. It is noteworthy that one end heads from the likely sites of John, Earl of Cornwall’s Cippenham Palace in the direction of the Abbey he founded in Dorney in the

Fire at Cippenham Court Farm in 1919

This article from The Evening Telegraph, Thursday, June 5, 1919 DISASTROUS FIRE NEAR MOTOR TRANSPORT DEPOT Cippenham Court Farm, which adjoins the Government motor transport depot at Slough, was the scene of a disastrous fire this morning. Seven oat ricks,

The Mystery of the Cippenham Duck

In the late 1960s when I was a small boy, I was playing one day on Cippenham village green with two other local boys when they announced that they were going to play on the “duck”. I didn’t know what

Royal Connections and Palace

There is a tradition that in Cippenham there was once an Anglo-Saxon palace which was home to the Kings of Mercia. In A Topographical Dictionary of England published in 1848 [1], the entry on Burnham says “It appears to have