General Articles

The History of Datchet Riverfront

Datchet’s riverfront as we know it was created by the Barker Bridge House Trust from 1865, as a landing place for small boats and public river access. Until then, a muddy slope ran down from the road to the natural river bank below, but by pile-driving a...

Conservation Area

A  large part of the centre of Datchet was designated as a Conservation Area by the Royal Borough's Planning Department in 1995. This means it is worthy of preservation or enhancement because of its special architectural or historic interest. The quality ...
An Outline History of Datchet

An Outline History of Datchet

Early Settlement The first known written reference to Datchet is from the year 994, recording the sale and exchange of land here, although there is also evidence of settlements from Neolithic to Roman times. The name 'Datchet' is of Celtic origin (pre-Saxon) ...
A History of Datchet Floods from documents of the time

A History of Datchet Floods from documents of the time

Datchet's historical records from the 1600s onwards contain many accounts of flooding, including 'great floods' in the years 1774, 1809, 1822, 1852, 1894 and 1947 (see photo left). All of these seem to have been more severe than that of 2014, although...
The Growth of Datchet 1: Before the Railway

The Growth of Datchet 1: Before the Railway

All the ancient boundaries of the parish of Datchet run along either the river Thames, smaller streams or other watercourses, and it was always liable to severe flooding. The formation and early development of the village depended on slight rises in ground...
The Growth of Datchet 2:  After the Railway

The Growth of Datchet 2: After the Railway

The first part of the Growth of Datchet described the early development of the village, which then hardly grew at all beyond its medieval centre throughout the 1700s and early 1800s. During that period very few houses were constructed on new sites, but ...
The Growth of Datchet 3:  The Twentieth Century

The Growth of Datchet 3: The Twentieth Century

The growing need for more housing in the twentieth century was met in three chief ways: by the conversion of large old houses into flats; by infilling the extensive garden grounds of older houses; and by completely new development on formerly agricultural...
Datchet's Thames Bridge and the Railway

Datchet's Thames Bridge and the Railway

The Ferry Datchet had been an important Thames crossing point since Windsor Castle was built in about 1100, and the ferry was paid for by the Crown. From 1249 there are records of timber being provided to build or replace the 'great barge for the King's ...
Southlea Archaeology

Southlea Archaeology

Fieldwalkers at Southlea Farm At Southlea farm, on the road to Old Windsor from Datchet, a prehistoric settlement site was identified from aerial photos taken in the 1950s. In 1996 group from Datchet Village Society embarked on fieldwalking the site...

Population Figures

The Ten-Yearly Censuses 1801-1831 Censuses The first national censuses from 1801 to 1831 were very different from the modern ones. The forms asked local landlords and church officials to provide information on the number of inhabited and uninhabited...