Welcome to Datchet History, a website which will be frequently updated on all aspects of Datchet in the past by historian Janet Kennish. You’ll find archive photos, paintings and prints that have been amassed over many years, and historical maps which help to explain how things once were and how they have changed.
At the core of this website are detailed street and house histories which trace some surviving buildings back to medieval times, but also describe the great Victorian expansion following the railway’s arrival. Very many people are met along the way, and if you find names here that you are researching do please ask if further information is available. For a complete chronological history of Datchet, from prehistoric times to the late twentieth century, you might like to read Datchet Past, available here.
And this is a view of Datchet 100 years after the banner photo above:
The header image is from the first known photograph of Datchet, mid-1870s
The cartoon is by Jon, drawn in the 1960s for people he knew in Datchet
Your comments are very welcome, 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.