Just had a peak into the photo archives of the Maidenhead Advertiser…. I put Bourne End in the search bar to see what would come up. I can’t seem to copy the old articles onto here so I will share the links on our Facebook page…. I recognise a few faces….Pop over & take a look.
Gill Hoare has kindly written a glimpse into her memories of the village when she was a child, around 60 years ago.
Thankyou Gill, I know people will enjoy the read.
Take a walk with me to remember (or, for the new Bourne Enders, to find out) exactly how the village used to look some 60 odd years ago, who were the main players, and just where all the shops were and how the village worked!
Let us start on the Marlow Road at the bottom of Blind Lane where Cressington Place Estate is built – much to the horror of villagers – on The Water Cress Beds – the ever gurgling and bubbling beds that had been there goodness know how long.
The garage is a newish acquisition – the “new build” office block was home to a Solicitors office and others but no longer around. The new retirement complex seems to be where both the Billinghursts Builders yard and the Billinghurst family home were.
The new Co-op on the corner replaced Mr Whites “Corner Shop” selling ice cream, fizzy pop, sweets etc. Sundays in the summer was not complete without a block of vanilla ice cream for pudding – it used to be my task to go and buy it (for 1/-, 5 pence in today’s money) just before the Sunday lunch was served as not many people had a fridge in those days! The ice cream was indeed a treat and always looked forward to on a Sunday! I remember getting into trouble one day while on the ice cream run – on the way home clutching the ice cream, I met a boy who I got talking to for rather longer than I should, and on arriving home clutching a sodden mass found my lunch, cold, on the table and no one talking to me as the pudding was ruined!! Read more…
After the success of last year’s ghost story series leading up to Halloween, I would be grateful if you would send in any stories / tales / spooky history that you have heard or even seen for yourself, but It does need to be related to our local area. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to take a look at last years stories, please go to “Articles of Local Interest” & then click on “Local Hauntings”.
Look forward to hearing from you….
This is a valuable website if you are out & about with your dog this summer… Food, drinks & your faithful furry friend.