Category Archives: Medieval

The Montem Mound is Anglo-Saxon

In December 2016, a team from the Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, drilled into the Montem Mound (the Salt Hill) and removed samples of soil in order to determine its age. Analysis by radio-carbon dating determined that the mound

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 It possesses more early historical references than any building or other feature within Cippenham.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

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

Navigable channel from the Thames to Cippenham

Maxwell Fraser in her History of Slough references Tighe & Davis for the astonishing claim that there was a navigable channel from the Thames which passed near to the ‘palace’ up which Edward III (1327 to 1377) was rowed in

Magna Britannia by Lysons

Magna Britannia: Bedfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire by Samuel Lysons, 1813 has the following entries on Cippenham.   page 466 At the time of the Norman Survey there were only eight Buckinghamshire manors in the crown yet it appears there were

Burnham Abbey Foundation Charter

The foundation charter was originally written in Latin. This is below. Below that is the English translation BURNHAMENSE COENOBIUM, IN AGRO BUCKINGHAMENSI. Rex archiepiscopis, &c. salutem. Richardus Dei gratia Romanorum rex, semper augustus, omnibus Christi fidelibus, tam præsentibus quam futuris,