Horton Road was the medieval route from Datchet to Colnbrook and the main road between London and the west, running through the long funnel-shaped area of Datchet Common to the eastern parish boundary. Dwellings developed along its northern edge from early times, probably as squatters’ cottages on the Common.
It became one of the most complex areas of Datchet as ownership of very many plots was carved out of the common land. Over time, these were amalgamated into several prestigious estates and farms but tiny groups of cottages, workshops and fields remained until Victorian times when pleasure grounds were created. More recently, the gardens of the large houses have been infilled with houses and new roads – reversing the previous process.
Although most of the big houses have been demolished, they have left their mark on the lie of the land and in place names.