Western House

This is a detail from a photograph in Slough Museum’s collection. It shows Western House, a large farmhouse on the east side of Brook path which was homestead to the farmer Josiah Gregory in the early 20th Century. Josiah Gregory was the proprietor of Western Farm and the  Gregory family had been involved with farming in Cippenham over a considerable period of time. Western House school was built on the site of this house in the early 60s. Western House school demolished circa 2016 to make way for a housing development.

The photograph was taken from the garden of a houses in Brook Path. It is no earlier than the late 1950s and was probably taken in the early 60s.

The image above shows exactly where Western House was. is the 1897 OS map overlaying a present day aerial photograph. Western house has been shaded in red.

Images reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland
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5 Responses to Western House

  1. Davied Hall says:

    I think you may be about 10 years adrift in the dates for Western House school. It was built about 1952. I started there in 1957. The photo of the house would therefore be late forties or very early fifties.

    • Admin says:

      Many thanks. It’s often difficult to accurately work out ages of photographs. Your comment is a great help.

  2. Jeff Cunliffe says:

    Western House was the first school I went to, starting when I was five, and as I was born in 1945 that’d make the construction of Western House School circa 1949/50.

  3. Rob Price says:

    The White House you show bears striking similarities to the house that The Gregories had in Mercian Way, Cippenham

    • Dreadnaught says:

      The Gregory family were certainly living in Western House in the early 20th century and it may have been in their possession until its demise. I was fairly sure that the house in the picture is Western House which was off Brook Path, although our information on the photo cold be wrong. Please tell me more of what you remember, e.g. whereabouts do you remember the house being in Mercian way? For instance, if you were walking up from Lower Cippenham Lane, past the end of the green and the corner of Elmshott Lane, into Mercian Way how far up was the house you remember, and was it on the right or left?

      Below is the full photograph of the house (which has been false-coloured). Hopefully it might help jog some memories.

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