Blue plaque scheme “will put Colnbrook’s history on the map at a time its future hangs in the balance”
The Parish Council is moving forward with an initiative to install blue plaques on listed buildings in the parish in an effort to put Colnbrook’s history on the map.
Colnbrook Parish Council wants to acknowledge the role that the key buildings in the village have played in the country’s history in the run-up to the celebrations of the Civil War this Summer.
Cllr Dexter Smith told fellow councillors three weeks ago that the project could be carried out by the parish council alone or in conjunction with Slough Borough Council – but, as most are in the Conservation Area, consultation with SBC would be required anyway.
He felt this was an opportune time to carry out the project, “putting Colnbrook’s history on the map at a time when its future is in the balance”.
|Listed buildings in Colnbrook||Listing||Location|
|Water Pump approximately 75 yards east of Punchbowl Inn||II||Bath Road, (south west side)|
|Nos. 1 to 6 King John’s Palace||II||Bath Road/Park Street, (south west side)|
|Barn to King John’s Palace||II*||Bath Road/Park Street, (south west side)|
|Star & Garter P .H.||II||Bath Road/Park Street, (south west side)|
|Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Park Street||II||Bath Road/Park (north east side)|
|Badminton House and olf Post Office||II||Bath Road/Park (north east side)|
|Fairmead and The Haven||II||Bath Road/Park (north east side)|
|Abington||II||Bath Road/Park (north east side)|
|Kenilworth House and adjoining house||II||Bath Road/Park (north east side)|
|Former White Hart P.H.||II||Bath Road/Park (north east side)|
|Colne Cottage||II||Bath Road/Park (north east side)|
|Aberdeen House||II||Bridge Street|
|Barn to rear of Aberdeen House||II||Bridge Street|
|The Red Lion P .H.||II||High Street (north side)|
|Ayres House (B.T. & G. Winston premises) II No. 34||II||High Street (north side)|
|Lucas (Newsagent)||II||High Street (north side)|
|Milestone outside No. 3 Milestone Cottages||II||High Street (north side)|
|Park House and Ye Olde George P.H.||II||High Street (north side)|
|No. 110 and House adjoining to West (Anthonys  Ltd)||II||High Street (south side)|
|The Ostrich P.H||II*||High Street (south side)|
|Town House||II||High Street (south side)|
|Excelsior House||II||High Street (south side)|
|Former Royal Standard P.H. and house adjoining to west||II||High Street (south side)|
|Mill House and Tanhouse farmhouse||II||Mill Street|
|Barn at Tanhouse Farm to south east of farmhouse||II||Mill Street|
|City Post||II||Poyle Manor Lane|
|Poyle Farmhouse||II||Poyle Road (west side)|
|The Hollies||II||Poyle Road (east side)|
|St Thomas’ Church||II||Vicarage Way|
|Old School House||II||Vicarage Way|
|Former School (Vicarage Way Childrens’ Centre)||II||Vicarage Way|
The London blue plaques scheme, run by English Heritage, celebrates the links between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked. Founded in 1866, it has inspired many similar schemes in the UK and around the world. Other schemes are run in conjunction with English Heritage around the country. In Berkshire Windsor & Maidenhead Council and the Wokingham Society operate schemes, while in Bucks Wycombe District Council and the Aylesbury Society have schemes.
The Parish believes it could fund plaques locally but would need definite locations. If the original buildings no longer exist a plaque could be put on the road in the closest location in commemoration. If the building did exist, the owner would have to give permission.
Cllr Smith plans to visit the Royal United Services Library to find more information.