A hundred years ago A4094, known today as Sutton Road, was a gravel track and poorly surfaced, and the bridge that you know today over Widbrook Stream did not exist. It was a water splash and,of course the road or track was not fenced off. The Parish Council built a small bungalow at the Cookham end of Widbrook Common and installed two gates to prevent the cattle from straying off the common. They employed a husband and wife to open the gates to traffic between sunrise and sunset during the season while stock was on the common. During the closed season the gates were left open and, the husband did other work for the council, most likely to repair pot holes in the village roads.
According to my paternal grandmother, while the gates were in use, passengers in the coaches that passed through use to throw out the odd copper, which in today's terms would be classed as a tip.
This all came to an end with the advent of the motor car, which is another story. The bungalow continued to house council workers until 1937. That is another story.