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.

The nearest blue plaque scheme to Colnbrook is just down the road in Windsor

The nearest blue plaque scheme to Colnbrook is just down the road in Windsor

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 [79] 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.

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