Monday, July 30, 2012

Barley Harvest in Cookham Dean.

Barley Harvest in Cookham Dean.
Once again we move forward in turning a still photo into a video presentation. This date for this scene is somewhere in the late 1800's and a mowing machine was being used instead of scythes. Though the crop was still bundled into sheaves by hand. Turn up your sound for this one minute clip.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cooper's General Grocers.

Coopers General Grocers.
Once again we go back to the 1870's and to take a look at Cooper's General Grocery Shop in the high street, which then followed on as Budgen's. You will note that the village at that time very agricultural in outlook, together with the Boot and Shoe Cottage Industry. The high street was made up with graded gravel with a general camber for drainage. Most of the houses in this picture still exist, except for the one on the right. That has been removed and replaced, most likely in the 1890's

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sutton Road in 1958.

Sutton Road 1958.
This is another view of the village in 1958, taken from the traffice island at the top of the high street, looking south towards the School Lane intersection. The Kings Hall, now the Spencer Gallery can just be seen in the right of the photograph.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Wiggs Cottage. Then & Now.

Wiggs Cottage. Then and Now.
This particular posting is to demonstrate how buildings and the surrounding views can change over a period of just 54 years. For instance, the first photo was taken from The Moor, now hidden of course by a line of trees.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cookham High Street 1958
There is one big flaw that stands out in this  photograph, that one would never see a double decker bus coming up the high street on a regular basis. The double decker service use to run on the Sutton Road, between High Wycombe and Windsor Station. I remember well that the then vicar Rev. B.H. Hayward-Browne would make sure that his Sunday Matins service was over in time so that his parishioners from Maidenhead Court were out in time to catch the bus at five past the hour.