Datchet People

Just a few people associated with Datchet have a page of their own so far, though more may be added.


Edward Montagu, Lord of the Manor of Datchet

Edward Montagu, Lord of the Manor of Datchet

(This article was written last year.) August 31st 2015: Today we heard the news that Edward 3rd Lord Montagu of Beaulieu has died peacefully at home at the age of 88. His heir is the Hon Ralph Douglas-Scott-Montagu, who now becomes the 4th ...
Mary Cadogan & Her Pet Python, Datchet Cemetery,

Mary Cadogan & Her Pet Python, Datchet Cemetery,

There is an extraordinary grave monument in the cemetery in Datchet, one that was inexplicable until recent research was triggered by an enquiry from a relative. It is now known that the python winding around the broken column is not symbolic but was...
Robert Watson-Watt and Radar

Robert Watson-Watt and Radar

Radio and Space Research at Ditton Park Computer Associates' huge headquarters has obliterated all traces of the old Radio Research Station or Appleton Laboratory site on the edge of Ditton Park, just north of the M4 and Riding Court Road. It also...
Sir Alfred Munnings and Datchet’s Travellers

Sir Alfred Munnings and Datchet’s Travellers

A Traveller Family, from Datchet to Canada The village website constantly turns up surprises as people from all over the world contact us, but Ken Boyd’s recent message from Vancouver in Canada was more unusual than most. He asked if I knew that a...
Robert Barker, Printer to Queen Elizabeth I

Robert Barker, Printer to Queen Elizabeth I

Introduction Robert Barker has been described as a great benefactor to the village of Datchet. However, the charity which bears his name, the Barker Bridge House Trust, did not originate with him and only acquired his name when he regularised the...
William and Caroline Herschel in Datchet

William and Caroline Herschel in Datchet

"We walked from Slough [where the coach had brought them from Bath] over to Datchet, where we were obliged to sleep at the public house near the Church, and were glad to see on our first waking the wagon with all the tubes etc safely arrived." This...
Evelyn Ellis and the First Motor Car in England

Evelyn Ellis and the First Motor Car in England

The First Motor Carriage in England The Honourable Evelyn Ellis (1843-1913), an inveterate traveller whose background had been at the Embassy in Brussels, was interested in the developing motor industry in France and Germany in the 1890s and became...
Tommy Sopwith in Datchet, 1911

Tommy Sopwith in Datchet, 1911

Sir Thomas Sopwith was not born in the village and nor did he live here, but he made his mark in two spectacular flying visits, landing on the golf course to visit, firstly, his sister in Datchet and then the royal family at Windsor Castle.Thomas...