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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

Remembering Vincent Broad

former resident of Cippenham and WW2 veteran. Uncle Vin’s family moved up from Newport when he was a small boy and he lived his formative years in Salt Hill Way. As a teenager, he had a particular flair for science.

Inside the Great Barn

The Great Barn is one of a group of buildings that were once the nucleus of Cippenham Court farm. Positioned on the south side of Cippenham Lane opposite Westgate school playing field, the Great Barn is a fine looking Grade

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 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

Fun with colouring

Recently, newly coloured-in versions of vintage black-and-white photographs have been appearing in newspapers and online news sites. The realism of the colouring compares favourably with genuine vintage colour photography.  The work is usually attributed to a ‘professional colourist’. Quite a

Two-Mile Brook

Millstream

Two-mile brook is an ancient mill stream that flows from Haymill (once the site of a mill called Ay Mill) through the heart of Cippenham. It possesses more early historical references than any building or other feature within Cippenham. The

The man who came back from the dead

Cippenham War Memorial

The war memorial in the centre of Cippenham carries the names of those from the village who fell during the First and Second World Wars. The inscribed list for the First World War contains 19 names, the last of which

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