The War Years (researching)
The Later Years (researching)
The Early Years
- The village nurse
would travel around on her bicycle to see the village people
- The local policeman
would travel on his bicycle and would often be seen
- The butcher was
also the milkman
- The baker called
daily to each house
- The muffin man
called once a week
- The chimney sweep
would call as and when required to clean chimneys
- The fishmonger
from Wokingham would call
- The barber would
make house visits
- A pony and trap
containing a variety of different sized shoes would call, taking away
any pairs of shoes to be repaired
- The clockmaster
called once a week to wind clocks, particularly the church clock and
would carry out any repairs
- There would be
a soup kitchen set up twice a week, this was situated where the house
called "Green Gates" is today
- Laundry would be
collected on a regular basis
- There was a little
drapers shop apposite where Lloyds chemist is now, there was also a
little china shop
- Binfield Park -
Mrs Vlasto who had in the region of 30 servants.
- Racing Stables
at Billingbear - Sir Robert Wilmot.
- Binfield Brickyard
- George Green who owned about 16 horses and carts and did all the work
from the brickyard. Also for Bracknell District Council.
- Local corn and
Coal Merchant - Mr Minchin who owned about 9 horses. (The coal yard
was situated where Emmets Nest is today)
The Minchin Brothers, Saratoga, Terrace Road, Binfield
- Animal feed and
coal merchant, brick and tile manufacturer. Last century until 1950,
then land brickworks, bricklaying contractors. PM1888, 1904-05, 1921-27,
1929-30, 1935-39, 1945, KD1887-1939.
(Mrs Henry Coote,
Hazel Cottage, Forest Road - Carman (ie carrier) coal director, coal
merchant KD1883-1887. Mrs Emma Coote KD1891-99. Harry Coote KD1903-1920.
Henry Coote 1931-80. Later A M Coote. Later Tyne Main Coal, then a
development of houses. In the last century clay pit kiln, R T Fielder
c 1854 and later Minchins made bricks there. KD1915, 1920, 1935, 1939
(The horses who
pulled the carts worked very hard, their shoes had to be changed often,
and the blacksmith had problems trying to find places on their feet
to put the nails. They had pads put between the shoe and hoof to protect
them from the hard roads, and in snowy conditions had studs screwed
into their hooves to stop them slipping.)
During the years between
the wars, there was a hugh flower show and sports day held annually. This
huge event was held on the ground where Knox Green is today. Later, of
course, it moved to the Cricket Ground on the Forest Road. The teams came
from places like Reading and Maidenhead to take part in such games as
tug of war and athletic sports. The gardeners from the large houses in
the village would come and show off their flowers and vegetables. There
would always be a hugh funfair and a band and at the end of the day, every
one would go to the Memorial Hall for a dance, often flowing out onto
hall was erected by public subscription and opened in 1920, later modernised
and enlaged in 1970. Today it is still used for functions, dances and
parties, also for the local guide and brownie groups See
Memorial Hall History>>.
Working Men's Club:
club has been active since 1906 and is still used, the major change being
that women frequent it too. See
Shops and Trades
Jones, Forest Road
Butcher and dairyman
1887, 1891, 1895, 1899
Dairyman and poulterer
'Pure milk, cream, butter, fresh eggs' 1898-1920
'Goaty' 1896, the milkman VMW
Farmer 1903 and 1907
Became Collins & Son Ltd, Feb. 1905PM 'late John Jones' then John
H Collins, 1915
Emmets Nest, census 1881, PM1888, 1898, 1902-05, KD1883, 1887, 1891, 1895,
1903, 1907, 1911, 1920.
Munday's Boot Shop 1920
KD1899, 1903, 1920, PM1905, 1921-27, 1929, 1930, 1935-40, 1945, 1948
2 Terrace Road
Newsagents, confectioners, tobacconist, stationers.
South Post Office
Lawler, Shopkeeper KD1887, 1891, 1895, 1899, 1903, Post Office 1903/4(a
daughter of hers was Miss I Lawler)
Miss I Lawler later Mrs I North, Postmistress KD1907.
Miss Emery - Draper
Timms garage, now Lloyds Chemist, Terrace Road South.
Forest Road Gardens??
Miss F M Cooper FRHS
Cut flowers, plants, bulbs, vegetables, tomatoes 1901
Became Manor Gardens PM1948
Wyevale (no confirmation)
PM1901 (lately Miss Mitchell)
PM Apr 1902, PM1948 SM)
Baker and Grocer 1887-1903, census 1881
Mrs Sophia Giles, Old Turnpike Road now London Road, Baker and grocer
KD1887, 1891, 1895, 1903, 1907.
Green Gates - Soup
Terrace Road North.
This was an outbuilding of Hunters Lodge, then called Hollycot before
Green Gates was suilt, which is adjacent to Hunters Lodge. 1896 VMW, RM
John Jarvis, Forest
Road. Established 1876 - Builder 1887, 1891, 1895, 1899.
Builder adn undertaker 'General repairs'. Carpenter master 1881.
George Jarfvis 1903.
Alfred Jarvis, Forest Road - Builder Bra 318. 1911-1939.
PMJan 1898, KD1883-1939, PM1921-27, 1929-30, 1935-36, 1938-40.
The Wooden Hut and subsequently Jamiesons on this site.
Workshop on the site of Ashleigh, Terrace Road South.
Plumbers adn glaziers. KD1887-1895.
Terrace Road North
Bakery with own ovens run by Wild, c 1888-1903.
Now a private house.
Popeswood Road (bend iin Popeswood Road, formerly Deadmans Lane)
Lewis Rogers - Baker and grocer KD1891, 1895, PM1888
Grocer baker, post office KD1899, 1903, 1907, 1911, 1920.
Baker KD1931, 1935, 1939.
Shop was formerly Post Office under Miss Wooldridge moved to present position
in the London Road 1920s.
Building demolised now a private house.
Webster - The Apiary, Monks Alley
Assistant overseer, apiarist and beekeeping appliance manufacturer
1898-1920. Also Clerk to the Parish Council. Shop where rates and taxes
were paid (VMW1976). KD1898-1920, PM1888).
Expert (1st class) British Bee-keepers' Association.
Author of "Seasonable notes on Bee-keeping" and "The Book
of Bee-keeping". Lectures given and papers read on Apiculture.
Bees, honey, hives.
Appliances, pure British honey and wax. PM1888.
Mark' Primary School 1915
Saint's C of E Primary School
Mark's Primary School 1915 with Teacher Mrs Baker
Fancy Dress Party at Binfield School - 1908
Public Houses and Connected Tradesmen
Angels Cross Road
Tailor PD1842. Brickmaker and tailor. KD1850, 1854, census 1841.
Royal Standard, brickmaker and tailor KA1861.
He was also landlord of the Royal Standard Public House, 1854-69. The
brickworks were at the back of the Royal Standard. Local bricks exist
with the initials RTF. The brickworks were taken over by the Minchin family,
subsequently became Coote's coalyard and now houses built on the site.
of Mutton, Amen Corner
At one time situated on the Shoulder of Mutton Hill. Pulled down at
the end of the last century to make way for The Travel Lodge. Traffic
lights stand on the corner, now a busy crossroads.
Shoulder of Mutton. Carpenter. Census 1841.
- Shoulder of Mutton - Journeyman baker. Census 1841.
Situated in Beehive Lane (Amen Corner). Prior to being a public house
around 1854 was a beer retailer's shop (again called the Beehive). The
road Beehive Road was said to derive from the shape of the former brick
kilns alongside; however beehive kilns were not introduced until the 1930'2.
The Beehive (house) is a more likely origin.
Arthur Corneby, Also
a grocer KD1887
The Jack O' Newbury,
Terrace Road North
Terrace Road North
Omnibus and fly proprietor
The Victoria Arms,
Benjamin Green, Boot and shoe maker 1842, 1847. Beer retailer, boot and
shoemaker 1854, 1861.
Later Queens Arms, renamed as Victoria Arms PD1842, KD1847, KA1861, census
Benjamin J Green (son of above) - Victoria Arms, The Terrace. Builder
and publican, census 1881.
Painter, glazier, paperhanger, writer, grainer, house decorator 1895-1911.
PMJan 1898, KD1895-1911.
The Roebuck Public
John William Green & Sons, Carpenters.
Roebuck PH 1887, 1891, 1897. KD1887-1903, census 1881.
Roebuck Beer House, St Marks Road.
Carpenter and retailer of beer. Census 1841, PD1842.
People who lived here
Jack Barker lived
in a house along the Forest Road with his wife. He worked as a fireman,
pictured below with the Bracknell, Hartney Witney and Wokingham Fire Brigades
at Eversley Cross, August 24th 1936. His family date back over generations
living in Binfield, earliest records suggest early 1700's. (see also Ancestry
Jack Barker - 1936
(kindly donated by Michael Baker 2003)
The War Years
October 4th 1940, German planes flew low almost directly over the school.
A minute later a bomb exploded in Victoria Place, Terrace Road, Binfield.
Shops and Trades
Garage, Terrace Road, Binfield. A. W. Carpenter (Motor & Motor Cycles).
The Later Years
Shops and Trades
Garage, Terrace Road, Binfield. A. W. Carpenter (Motor & Motor Cycles).
Rolls Royce and Saloon always available for Weddings, Partieis and
Private Hire. Phone Bracknell 159.
Situated where Lloyds
Chemist is today.
Office on the Terrace Road
the Butcher on the Terrace Road
Local Village Store on the Terrace Road
Shop - Newsagent 1985.
at Amen Corner. Now Amen Music.
Legion Club, Binfield Branch and Scout Hut, Terrace Road 1985.
Still used today by the Scouts, but the British Legion now use the
Binfield Club as their base.
from the Second Annual Binfield Carnival - 1952.
A G Skedgel Esq
Mr W H Westlake
Mr C F KEEP
Mr H G WALLCROFT
Mr H S CHENEY
Mr H W FISH
7 Council Houses, Binfield Road, BracknellCommittee:
||A M SAXE
Day Programme for 1952
assemble at Carnival Field
Gymkhana in field adjoining the Carnival Ground, by kind permission
of JA Clarke, Esq.
President will release the first balloon.
Crowning of the Carnival Queen on the Carnival Field.
of the Fun Fair by the Carnival Queen.
Display by the Le Roy School of Dancing.
Bennett's Punch and Judy Show. Preliminary Rounds of Tug-o-War Contest.
of the Children's Fancy Dress Costumes
Mystery Man arrives at the Carnival Field.
Performance of Punch and July Show.
vehicles and entries for the Procession to be in position at Popeswood
of Procession Entries.
CARNIVAL PROCESSION WILL MOVE OFF ON ITS ROUTE.
of the Tug-o-War Contest.
distribution on the Carnival Field and competition results will be
Concert on the Village Green.
CARNIVAL BALL in the Memorial Hall. The Carnival Queen will be in
Any changes in the Programme will be announced by the Public Address
equipment which will be operating on the Carnival Ground all day.
I was born in 1951
at Woodside, Maidenhead Road, next to Targets Farm, near the Warren House
Targets Farm - down
Forest Road to Warren House Crossroads, turn right at 'Changa Service
Station' as it was then. First house is the new farmhouse that Mr & Mrs
Burrows senior had built when they handed the farm over to their sons
John and Gerald, next is 'Winset', owned by the Burrows, who rented it
to my grandfather, George Baxter after he was dismissed by Sir Alfred
Knox. My grandfather
suffered a hernia and was given one weeks notice by Sir Alfred as 'You
are no use to me now, Baxter if you can't work'. My grandfather had to
quit The Lodge in this notice period. It changed his political views overnight!
I recall that for some time Binfield House was used by the local council
as a retirement home and we took my grandfather up to see the gardens
that he had laid out (not in such a good state then). He said 'Well you
old bu**er Sir Alfred, just see who is living in your precious house now'.
After that is the
entrance to the farm, an Elizabethan Farmhouse. Margaret Burrows (nee
Green - the Greens were tradespersons from Bracknell) lives there, following
the death of Gerald in 1999. Her son Bruce (my playmate in the 1950's)
lives in a mobile home on the farm (he did last time I visited) as due
to planning restrictions he could not build a house there. He is an Agricultural
Contractor. His sister Jane lives in the Caribbean, having married a man
who whilst at Reading University was working during his vacations on the
M329 construction. I remember Gerald saying that the first time Jane brought
him home he stayed nervously outside whilst Jane told her parents. Gerald
looked out and said 'at first I couldn't see him in the dark until he
smiled' - not very politically correct, I suppose, but from someone who
only left the farm to go to London to collect the 'pig-swill' ingredients
from London hotels, understandable! Haven't heard from Jane for a while,
but last time I heard she had many children and was very comfortable.
Her husband's family include politicians,government officials and wealthy
businessmen out there. Gerald and Margaret had a third child, much later,
Mark Anthony Burrows, who last time I visited was still living at home.
After the farm is
Woodside, the bungalow where I was born. This was also owned by the farm,
but was sold in the 1950's.
My parents split up
in the 1950's, my mother moving to Worthing with me in 1956, and my father,
Frank Lee, previously teaching at Ascot Heath (travelling there and back
on an Auto-bike) buying a flat in Bracknell, where he was Headmaster of
Priestwood County Primary School. He subsequently remarried and moved
to Sussex, where he lectured in Education at the University, before a
move to the Isle of Wight as Director of Education. He retired in the
1970's and still lives on the island with his second wife.
Whilst living with
my mother and grandparents at Winset, I remember getting on my blue and
white 'Triang' trike and pedalling down to see my father at Woodside.
No traffic on the roads then, but the trouble I got into for that! I also
remember my father and his ex bomber pilot friends flying Tiger Moths
from White Waltham upside down over the fields next to Woodside and causing
hysteria to my mother (and her flocks of geese and chickens).
Saints School, Binfield - 1853 - 1978
Carnival Programme 1978
Library's Local History Collection
in Bracknell Library's Local History Collection, copies of which are
in Bracknell Library
and Adams Director 1861
Directory 1847, 1854, 1869, 1877, 1883, 1891, 1895, 1899, 1903, 1907,
1915, 1920, 1931, 1935, 1939
life of a Village School - St Marks Primary School
Director, 1830, 1842
Parish Magazines 1888 - 1999 with gaps
of Electors 1975, 1977, 1979
Directory 1957 - 1958
80 years ago by V M Woods, written about 1976
This list has been compiled from the above sources. It does not mean
that the businesses did not exist outside these dates, only that there
is factual evidence for these dates.