Windlesham

Originally part of Windsor Forest and the haunt of highwaymen, it is now essentially a commuter village. Windlesham manor originally belonged to the Priory of St Margaret, a house for Benedictine nuns, in Sunninghill, Berkshire, and documents survive from 1318.

Windlesham is a large village close to the Berkshire border. It is close to the A30, M3, M4 and to Sunningdale Station.

The parish church of St.John the Baptist was rebuilt in 1680 after a fire and was originally a medieval building from the 12th century. The church of St.Saviour at Valley End was built in 1867 by G.F. Bodley.

A large modern house, Updown Court, is amongst the most expensive houses in the world, currently (2007) on the market for 70m, with 103 rooms and 58 acres of land. It was originally built in 1924.

Early in 1948 Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and The Duke of Edinburgh leased their first marital home, Windlesham Moor, in Surrey, near Windsor Castle, they stayed there until they moved to Clarence House on 4th July 1949.

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At Windlesham Brickfield, brick pits are shown on the OS map of 1872.  There are now ornamental ponds on the site, which may originally have been the clay quarries.

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9 thoughts on “Windlesham”

  1. Duncan Stone says:

    Is it true that Billy Butlin owned Windlesham Moor?

  2. Maryann Hebert says:

    Does anyone know the name of the Butcher Shop in Windlesham that was close to Woolworth and the Drug stone (I believe on Chertsey Rd) about 1856-58? and who owned it?

    1. John Silverton says:

      My grandmother lived at Windlesham Court in the 1960s early 70s. She used a Butchers called Wasley who came around in a van. For some reason the name has stuck in my head.

    2. lee partridge says:

      You need to go through the 1851 and 1861 census entries. At a glance there was a Benjamin Baigent grocer in the Chertsey road as well and William Henry Bird shopkeeper in Hatton Hill and John Bath grocer in the London road in 1851. Combining the census with Trade directories you should be able to narrow it down. This was a relatively small settlement but they probably did have a butcher unless any of the above offered meat prepared in the next village, Bagshot. Woolworths were not in this country until early 1900s.

  3. John Silverton says:

    Does anyone have any memories of Windlesham Court. It was demolished around 1972

    1. lee partridge says:

      I always associated Windlesham Court with the Heather Nurseries. I am not sure who owned it but John Hall as president of the Heather Association was connected with it in the 70s and 80s – also I think his brother and sons – Allan may be one. They were much respected nurserymen and specialists in the growing of heathers.

    2. Miles goldingham says:

      G’day John I used to play in the old building, it was owned by a mr Bourgine, a reclusive. He died from alcoholism?
      I lived at Mile house Westwood rd and my best friend lived next to Windlesham Court.
      I now live in Perth Australia, I’m sure I have some old photos somewhere?
      Miles Goldingham P.O. Box 7056 Applecross wa 6163.
      John, did you live in the area? How old are you, I’m now 62 , I lived in Windlesham from 1960 -1979, I went to school at Hall grove and worked at L R Russell’s, watersers in bagshot, Andrews in sunningdale.

  4. P Wilkins says:

    What was happening at Windlesham Court in the 1910’s to 1920? My grandmother had it as her address.

  5. Jenny yeomans says:

    Jenny yeomans NEE SPONG worked here at Wasleys butchers About 1967 serving as manageress for two years Nancy pocock.
    And margery fosker

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