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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Disastrous Fire at Cippenham Green, 1908

Cippenham fire

A century ago, house fires were much more common than they are today. Open hearths and naked-flame lighting created opportunity for accidental fires to start and the higher flammability of furnishings meant that they could take hold with rapidity. The

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