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 »

 

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

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

The Cippenham V1

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. A

Disastrous Fire at Cippenham Green, 1908

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

Cippenham Royal 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

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

Station Road

Here is a very nice postcard photograph of Station Road dating to some time in the thirties. It has been digitally processed by us to increase the detail as much as possible. Click on the image to see it at

The 1940 bombings of Cippenham

The Slough trading estate and outlying villages could be said to have escaped lightly from German bombing in WW2 by comparison to other industrial areas and London. The reason for this would have been Luftwaffe’s strategy which, following the effective

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,