Bracknell, Old Manor Hotel c.1955
Memories of Bracknell, Old Manor Hotel c1955
The Old manor had a legend that highwayman Dick Turpin made an escape by taking the cellar tunnel under Church Road to the Hind's Head (the white building). At Sandy Lane Infants School, my friend Andrew Balfour lived in the Old Manor. He showed me the secret tunnel. Its reputation was more interesting than its reality. Ye Old Manor Hotel had a metal scroll-shaped sign, but on the top of the Gallow-pole that suspended it was a metal depiction of a highwayman holding-up a coach. This was the hill-top on the Ascot Road. It's hard to see the Maidenhead-Bagshot road that crosses it here, but this must have been a significant trade junction. The cattle-market behind the right of this picture was like a town square. Older people said it was grand.
Memories of Bracknell
One of the old houses - 'Gainsborough' was used as a doctors surgery in early 60's . the name lives on today with the Gainsborough doctors practice in Whitegrove Copse! Down a short lane off Church Road ( over the left shoulder of the photographer) was a very dusty Scout/ Cubs hut used by 1st Bracknell - I used to come home ...Read full memory
Hi Susan , I always thought that Joe Smith was the bookie that done the train trip to the sea side each year , got a packed lunch , and a coin as you said , My wife worked at Thompkins the Bakery , there sun Dave , married Jenny Plumber , they had one other son , Fish and chip shop in Station Road you went up some stairs ...Read full memory
From the newsagents (I believe the name was Crisps, maybe) I delivered morning newspapers on my little scooter - ha!ha! And I saved enough money to buy my first bike at 11. Needed it to get to secondary school.
I remember when they disinterred all the graves prior to demolishing the church- they hung canvas screens in front of the railings and it really spooked me to think of all those bones being dug up ! Allistair Beckett