The settlement was established in 1953 as a self-contained environment for disabled children. The complex is managed by Norwood and funded by the local authority, and is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-west Crowthorne.
It stands on the site of Bigshotte Lodge, the home of the Keeper of Bigshotte Rayles, an ancient division of Windsor Forest. It used to be called Hannican's Lodge, after a man called Hankin or Hanykin who was under-keeper in 1607.
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