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Village Pond dries up

For the first time in living memory, Cippenham village pond has almost completely dried up. The pond is connected to the stream that runs underground from Brook Path to the Millstream Lane brook. A few weeks ago we published on

The Kings Head

The Kings Head is the oldest Pub in Cippenham. The White Horse was probably contemporary but is long gone. The Long Barn is an older building but has only been a public house since the 1980s. The image was once

Unfortunate News – Village stream dries up.

Millstream Lane brook (traditionally know as Two-Mile Brook) was the main path (via the Hay Mill, demolished 1961) by which the water that wells up in Lammas Meadow in Britwell reached the Thames. This fresh-water spring was known via passed-on

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