Up to the early 20th century, Cippenham was a quiet country village consisting of humble terraced cottages surrounded by some large farms. Most of the folk that lived there were agricultural workers. In 1918, a substantial area of Cippenham farmland was purchased by the government for the creation of a military vehicle depot. The site was later turned over to private ownership and grew into the largest industrial estate in Europe. Over the subsequent decades of the last century, Cippenham’s farmland was progressively converted to the housing required to accommodate the large influx of people who came to find work on the Slough trading estate. Today, all the farmland has gone and Cippenham is a suburb of Slough. The centre still retains some original features such as its pond and green, and a few other reminders of an earlier era.

This website contains a collection of articles concerning Cippenham’s history that have been assembled for general interest, and it is hoped that you enjoy reading them. There are many people living in all parts of the world who have fond memories of being brought up in Cippenham. Since the website was started in 2016, we have received a lot of feedback indicating the pleasure it gives people to read about Cippenham, to see old photographs and to learn about its interesting history.

The website is maintained by unfunded volunteers. If you want to share your memories, or would like to see a story on a particular subject we would love you to get in touch.