The shops in Duke's Ride near Crowthorne Station
Crowthorne shown within Berkshire
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Crowthorne is an affluent village and civil parish in the Bracknell Forest district of south-eastern Berkshire. It has a population of 6,711. Crowthorne is best known for Wellington College, a large co-educational boarding and day independent school, which opened in 1859 as a national monument in honour of the Duke of Wellington (1769–1852), who led British forces in a succession of large-scale military victories against often better-armed opponents, and for Broadmoor Hospital, one of three maximum security psychiatric hospitals in England, which lies on the eastern periphery of the village.
The village was only a small hamlet until Wellington College was opened to educate sons of British Army officers in 1859, followed by Broadmoor in 1863. Crowthorne railway station, originally known as Wellington College for Crowthorne station, was opened in 1860, and the village grew quickly. In the 1960s, the Transport Research Laboratory opened in Crowthorne, and this is now the main employer for those who do not commute.
The Crowthorne urban area spills over into the neighbouring parish of Wokingham Without. (The parish of Wokingham Without consists of an area surrounding the town of Wokingham on its south-eastern side, but its name does not mean outside Wokingham. Historically when the parishes were church parishes, there was a local area which belonged to Wiltshire which was therefore known as Wokingham Without (i.e. outside) Berkshire, whereas the Town was 'within' Berkshire.) But the majority of Crowthorne is in the Bracknell Forest district. Edgbarrow Woods are between Sandhurst and Crowthorne.
There is one secondary school which covers the whole of Crowthorne, Edgbarrow School. There are also four feeder schools; Crowthorne CofE School, Hatch Ride primary, Wildmoor Heath (formerly Broadmoor Primary) and Oaklands junior. There are a few pre-prep, prep schools, nurseries and child minders in the village accepting children ranging from 3 months to 11 years. Some Christian children attend Ranelagh School in central Bracknell which is approximately 6 miles northeast of Crowthorne.
Buckler sports and racing cars were manufactured in a factory in Heath Hill Road from circa 1949 to circa 1965, in a premises also known as the "Welco Works", where Welco farm implements and machinery were manufactured alongside the cars until the early 1950s. In the early 1960s Buckler were also successful in manufacturing racing karts. The Buckler premises has now been redeveloped as Wellington Mews apartments.
The company of C.F.Taylor, which grew into a large international aeronautical fabrications empire, later part of British aerospace, was born in one shed of the Buckler premises in Heath Hill Road, shortly after World War II, where metal craftsman C.F.Taylor, single handed, produced aluminium racing fairings for motorcycles and bodies for early Buckler cars.
Local societies and community groups
The Crowthorne Natural History Society was founded in 1968.
Crowthorne holds a biennial carnival, usually taking place in early July. The 2008 theme was Fun & Fantasy; the 2010 theme was Rhythm of Life, And the 2012 theme was Best of British. The winners of the best junior school float prize were Oaklands Junior school in 2010, and 2012. The Carnival as a whole is organised by the Crowthorne Carnival Association, but individual events can be organised by local schools, groups and businesses. Due to all of these events Crowthorne was awarded with the 2nd best town in Europe in 2008.
The Crowthorne Amateur Theatrical Society was founded in 1978.
The Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Roscoe, is based in the village. The orchestra gives three concerts a year, usually at Wellington College, and also holds an open workshop for full orchestra in September and a string workshop in May. The orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011.
Crowthorne & Crown Wood Cricket Club was formed in January 2014 as an amalgamation of the 2 existing clubs. The new club will play its home games in the grounds of Wellington College as well as Crown Wood's established base at St Sebastian's. The Club will be playing Saturday League Cricket in the Berkshire League and Sunday Friendlies. In 2013, Crowthorne CC fielded 2 Saturday teams for the first time as well as a Sunday Team and a Midweek T20 team whereas Crown Wood CC fielded 2 League teams and a youth setup. The 1st XI gained promotion from Division 2 in 2013 after winning the league in great style. The new club has 3 League teams, a Sunday Team and a Midweek team. Crown Wood's existing youth setup will continue under the umbrella of the merged club.
Crowthorne Golf Society has been going from 2010. As of 2010, it had around 60 members.
- A. Duncan Carse, artist, 1931-1938
- William Chester Minor, one of the largest contributors of quotations to the Oxford English Dictionary, circa 1872-1902
- Dr. Anthony Seldon, headmaster of Wellington College, political author, 1953-present
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- "Wokingham Without". Wokingham Borough Council. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- "Carnival". Crowthornecarnival.co.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
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- "The Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra". Crowthorneorchestra.com. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Crowthorne CC". Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- Wokingham Borough Council Leisure centres. Wokingham.gov.uk (11 July 2013). Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
- "Places to eat in Crowthorne, places to eat in Bracknell, places to eat in Wokingham". Pinewoodbarandcafe.co.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Home Page for the Pinewood (Wokingham) Miniature Railway". Pinewoodrailway.co.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- Royal Academy Dictionary of Exhibitors: Summer Exhibition catalogue archives