Ostrich redevelopment to displace Colnbrook’s priceless artefacts

The plan to extend The Ostrich is posing a conundrum to village elders: what do with the village’s most prized possessions currently housed in disused space.

Detail of the Colnbrook Fire Engine, photographed in August 2015

Detail of the Colnbrook Fire Engine, photographed in August 2015

A room in part of the derelict section of The Ostrich currently used to store historical artefacts is set to become one of 11 new bedrooms forming part of the pub’s new hotel development.  However, despite proposals to redevelop the pub first being mooted well over a year ago no plans have yet been prepared for what to do with the priceless icons of Colnbrook’s long history.

Among the items currently housed in the front-facing room adjacent to the High Street are the Coronation Clock and Colnbrook fire tender.  

The 113-year old Coronation Clock was unveiled in June 1903 as a memorial to the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in August 1902. It stood on the site of the current Budgens store until the 1930’s, not far from where the Jubilee Clock stands today.

The Colnbrook Fire Tender, around 184 years old, was used to service a 10 mile radius of Colnbrook from 1832 to 1900, according to Slough Museum. 

An application in 2006 to house the fire tender as a centrepiece in the middle of the pub’s car park was approved by Slough Borough Council, but never progressed.

Cllr Hood outlined the need to rehouse the fire tender at a Parish Council meeting on 19th April.  He told councillors they had until June to find a new home.


The original Coronation Clock, the diamond-shaped plaque on the building on the left, Platt’s Store, until its demolition around 1931 (Photo: Slough Library).

The Ostrich has said it is happy to arrange for removal and may even pay for temporary housing.

Cllr Kinane has offered to store the fire tender on his land at Speedway Farm temporarily if the Parish arranged a container and delivery.

The current plan is to get the fire tender in working order so it can form part of the procession planned for the Queen’s 90th birthday, before placing it into storage.

With plans for a new ‘Colnbrook Museum, Educational and Performing Arts Centre’ still at an early stage that means the Queen’s Birthday celebrations could be the last opportunity to view the tender for some time to come.

The Colnbrook Museum and Education Centre Steering Group met on Tuesday, 12th April.



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