Sunninghill, Berkshire

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Coordinates: 51°24′18″N 0°39′22″W / 51.405°N 0.656°W / 51.405; -0.656

Sunninghill
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Sunninghill High Street
Sunninghill is located in Berkshire
Sunninghill
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 Sunninghill shown within Berkshire
Population 11,603 2001 Census (with Ascot)
OS grid reference SU937680
    - London  23 miles (37 km) 
Unitary authority Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ascot
Postcode district SL5
Dialling code 01344
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Windsor
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Sunninghill[1] is a village in the civil parish of Sunninghill and Ascot in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead[2] in the English shire county of Berkshire

Location[edit]

It is south west and about 12 miles (19 km) from Heathrow Airport and 26 miles (42 km) from Central London. It is just outside Ascot, one of the UK's most famous locations for horse racing. It is close to Sunningdale, Bracknell, Windsor Great Park and Wentworth Golf Club. The town of Windsor is about 7 miles (11 km).

Junction 3 of the M3 motorway and the A30 road are within 1 mile (2 km) at Lightwater. M25 London Orbital motorway junctions 3 at Staines and 11 at Chertsey are both 7 miles (11 km).

The nearest railway stations are Ascot and Sunningdale on the London Waterloo to Reading line.

History[edit]

The name Sunninghill means "the home of Sunna's people, that is, the Anglo-Saxon Sunningas tribe".[3]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Michael and All Angels[4] was originally established about AD 890[5] but was rebuilt in 1808 and 1826-27.[5]

Cordes Hall, in the centre of the village, was designed by Joseph and Edward Morris and built in 1902.[5]

Mansions[edit]

The area is mainly residential, characterised by generally large dwellings set in their own grounds.

Silwood Park[edit]

Silwood Park was first established as the manor house of Sunninghill by John de Sunninghill in 1362.[3] The park is now a campus of Imperial College London, where CONSORT,[6] a small nuclear reactor for civilian scientific research, has been in use since 1964.

Tittenhurst Park[edit]

Beatle John Lennon and his new wife Yoko Ono lived at the house known as Tittenhurst Park in London Road from 1969-71.[7] Another Beatle, Ringo Starr then lived there till the late 1980s.[7] In the 19th century the house was also the home of Thomas Holloway the Victorian businessman and philanthropist together with his wife, Jane.[8] Holloway was the founder of Royal Holloway, London University, in nearby Englefield Green, and also of Holloway Sanatorium in nearby Virginia Water.[8] Jane died in 1875, aged 61; Holloway died there on 26 December 1875, aged 83. They are buried in a family grave at Sunninghill churchyard.

Amenities[edit]

Sunninghill Saints Sports Club (2009) is a Saturday morning junior football and sports club for primary age children in the Ascot area.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council". Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead". Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Sunninghill website - history". Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  4. ^ "Sunninghill Parish Church". Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  5. ^ a b c Pevsner, 1966, page 233
  6. ^ "CONSORT civilian scientific research nuclear reactor, 2007 update". Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  7. ^ a b Norman, Philip (2008). John Lennon The Life. Hammersmith: Harper Collins. pp. 615 et seq. ISBN 978-0-00-719741-5. 
  8. ^ a b Williams, Richard (1983). Royal Holloway College, A Pictorial History. Surrey: Royal Holloway, University of London. pp. 6–includes a picture of the house c.1930. ISBN 0-900145-83-8. 
  9. ^ "Sunninghill Saints". Retrieved 2009-06-29. 

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