Welcome to Datchet Village History, a website compiled by Janet Kennish. It originated as pages within Datchet Village Website but has grown to take on a life of its own and is now being completely updated and revised. This website complements Janet’s published books on aspects of Datchet’s history.
At the core of the site has always been a series of documentary histories of Datchet’s houses, first produced as a spin-off from research carried out for Datchet Past, published in 1999. These histories now exist for most of the oldest and most interesting houses in the village centre and further work will include more recent and outlying buildings.
While not intended as a genealogical site, many visitors find people they are seeking within the house history information and I am always happy to supply more if I can from the extensive sources I hold. Descendants of past Datchet families have kindly provided photographs and family trees to add to the huge network of local information which underlies this website and is constantly growing. It is intended that databases of parish records, monumental inscriptions etc will be added to the site once the updating is complete.
Ten years ago Datchet Village Society undertook a fieldwalking investigation of an important multi-period prehistoric and Roman settlement site at Southlea Farm. The resulting two-volume report is available here, together with a short report which is more accessible to non-specialists. The Society maintains a display case in Datchet Library with a changing selection of objects found by local fieldwalking volunteers.
This society was founded by a small group of people who were interested in general aspects of the village, its conservation, development and standards of design. Talks, exhibitions, and visits focus primarily on Datchet but including its locality and historical connections. The DVS also manages sales of local history publications.
Your comments are very welcome; whether as contributions or corrections to current pages, suggestions for topics, or queries about any aspect of the history of Datchet. Just use the Contact Us page.