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THE WINDSOR AND ETON SOCIETY

Incorporating Windsor Heritage

NEWSLETTER No 103 November  2023

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NOTE FROM OUR CHAIR

The last year has witnessed a more normal series of activities for The Windsor and Eton Society. We have had three outings arranged by Anne Taylor which were thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants, to Kelmscott Manor, Leeds Castle and Kingston Bagpuize. Anne has agreed to continue for a further year, but we are looking for an assistant to help. 

At the time of my writing this note we are looking forward to going to our new venue The Old Court for our Thursday afternoon talks. In addition, for the second year we will be holding our AGM there on 25th October. It is important that our speakers and their audience have good quality audiovisual opportunities. 

Members have been busy gardening and I have received very favourable comments about the Heritage Garden. Thank you to all those who gave up their time in Church Street and at Bachelors Acre on what, in that case, turned out to be one of the hottest days this year. We shall need to devote more time at Bachelors Acre and the Memorial Garden. Alison Logan has now joined the Trustees with the specific responsibility for maintaining these areas.  

Can I ask you to put a date in your diary. I have booked 8th March 2024 for our annual dinner at the Castle Hotel.  As 2024 will be the 80th and last formal commemoration of D-Day 1944 I have arranged with Lt General Jones that John Moody, a Military Knight, will be our speaker. Details and booking forms will be sent out after Christmas. 

Thank you for your support and to the Trustees for all their work. 

AGM 2023

The 77th AGM of The Society was held at The Old Court, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor on Wednesday 25th October and attended by over 60 members. After the business part of the meeting Dr Brigitte Mitchell and Jane Cockman from the Windsor Local History Group gave a talk with illustrations on The Streets of Windsor and Eton. An updated edition of this publication, which was first printed in the 1980s, is soon to be released and we were given a taster of some of the contents. At the end of the meeting those present enjoyed drinks and nibbles and the opportunity to socialise. Details of the Trustees and Executive Committee for 2023/24 are listed later in this newsletter.

TALKS

In September, as a follow up to our outing to Kelmscott Manor earlier in the year, Fiona Rose, an accredited lecturer with The Arts Society, gave us a fascinating talk on William Morris and the houses he lived in. Morris was co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood which included Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Millais, Ford Madox Brown and William Holman Hunt.

The only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, is Red House, Bexleyheath, a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance. Designed by Philip Webb and completed in 1860, it was described by Edward Burne-Jones as ‘the beautifullest place on earth’. The rooms at Red House give a unique view of William and his wife Jane’s life and the establishment of what later became Morris & Co. Morris bought Kelmscott Manor as a country retreat.

At our October meeting Malcolm Lock spoke about the arrival of the railways in Windsor and the difficulties of getting both a line from Maidenhead to Windsor via Slough, which meant crossing Eton College land, and a line from Waterloo to Windsor crossing Crown land. Neither party was initially keen. However when Prince Albert rode on a train and later Queen Victoria, they supported the idea. Eton College eventually relented, since on big occasions thousands of people walked or drove through the town to get from Windsor to the station at Slough, disrupting the life of the college.

“William Herschel – the King’s Astronomer and a key founder of the science today” was the subject of our November talk which was given by Charles Draper, Chairman of the William Herschel Society. We learned that Herschel came from Hannover to England in the 1750s, and became a successful musician in Bath, but his interests were turning to astronomy and he used his practical skills to make fine telescopes and plan observations. In 1781 he discovered the planet Uranus, which brought him international fame. In 1782 he became the King’s (paid) Astronomer, contingent on him moving closer to the Court, so the family moved to Datchet, then Old Windsor, and finally to Slough in 1786. Herschel is one of the most important people in the history of observational astronomy, and was assisted in his work for many years by his sister Caroline. We were treated to a fascinating account of the family, and reminded of the Herschel museum in Bath. His house in Slough was demolished in the 1960s but his name is remembered  in a school and some road names. He is buried in the Church of St Laurence Upton.

FUTURE TALKS

Thursday 7th December 2023 – 3pm – The Old Court, Windsor

The Cockpit, Eton – a talk by Roger Line, an Eton resident, who purchased the Cockpit and whose Windsor based company Structural Repairs is currently restoring this 14th century building to it’s former glory.

Thursday 11th January 2024 – 3pm – The Old Court, Windsor

The Royal Photographic Collection – a talk by Allessandro Nasini, Senior Curator of Photographs of The Royal Collection.

Thursday 1st February – 3pm – The Old Court, Windsor

Life as Constable & Governor of Windsor Castle – our President, Lt. Gen. Phil Jones CB CBE DL will speak about his role and duties.

OUTINGS

 Report on the outing to Kingston Bagpuize House

On 19th September 30 members set off for their day out. This was somewhat in trepidation for the organiser but it proved to be an excellent outing. For many people the coffee stop at Toad Hall, Henley, was a first visit. Maybe they will visit again when all the Christmas items are on display or next spring when the large undercover areas are a picture of colour with all the bedding plants.

 We then drove to the Waterfront Café at Benson. The weather was inclement but we were given our own dining room with prepared tables and the service was punctual, the food hot and everybody received what had been pre-ordered for them. There had been no need for earlier concern !

Then to the manor house at Kingston Bagpuize. The owner, Virginia Grant, was a charming host. She and her daughter, who will inherit the house, gave us a very informative tour. It is no surprise that they rely on the house and grounds being used for period dramas to raise money for the enormous upkeep of such an old building. There was the additional bonus of tea and cakes laid out for us before we departed.

A good day had been had by all.

 FUTURE OUTINGS 2024

 Tuesday 26th March 2024 – Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village – Compton GU3 1DQ

Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village is a unique Arts & Crafts gem in the Surrey Hills. This was the home of George Watts and his wife Mary and there is plenty to see. Follow this link to see more https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/visit

 Wednesday 12th June 2024 – Beaulieu, Hampshire

There is so much to do and see at Beaulieu – the old palace ruins, Palace House with a display of embroidery, lovely grounds bordering the River Beaulieu, the National Motor Museum and more. Follow this link to see more https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/days-out-beaulieu/

More details about both these trips and booking forms will be in the February Newsletter.

ANNUAL DINNER 2024

As mentioned earlier in this newsletter The Society’s Annual Dinner has been booked for Friday 8th March 2024 at the Castle Hotel. This is our first Annual Dinner since the early part of 2020 when we managed to hold the event just before Covid took over our lives.  As 2024 will be the 80th and last formal commemoration of D-Day 1944 the speaker will be John Moody, a Military Knight. Details and booking forms will be sent out after Christmas

HERITAGE & ENVIRONMENT

The Heritage and Environment Committee continue to note and respond to matters that are important to maintain the historic buildings in the Conservation Areas of the town. We also try to ensure that all planning applications are scrutinised and commented on as and when necessary.

Quarterly Meetings with the Borough

The HEC had the first of these newly re-established meetings last November but unfortunately all attempts to schedule any meetings now have been unsuccessful. In the past these meetings have enabled The Society to discuss matters regarding conservation, planning, rubbish and fly tipping, and future plans for the towns etc.

Alma Road Development

The developers have had it confirmed that the original planning application from 2018 has been started making that application still in place. There have not been any further applications submitted yet for this land.

 Planning Applications

 Letters written after the October Meeting

Alexandra Gardens, Barry Avenue, Windsor, SL4 5JA –
Observation Wheel and Refreshment Unit to be sited from March 15th 2024 to September 9th 2024. Open to the public from March 22nd 2024 to September 2nd 2024 (PA 23/02104/FULL)
Pending

 39 Clifton Rise, Windsor, SL4 5SX – 3 front rooflights, raising of the ridge and eaves, 1 rear dormer and alterations to the external finish and fenestration   (PA 23/02301/FULL) 
Pending

41 Forest Road, Windsor, SL4 4HX  – i
nstallation of a Shepherds Hut ancillary to the main dwelling (PA  23/02200/FULL) This is the second outbuilding application for this house.
Permitted but only if the previous outbuilding has not been started. Only 1 of the 2 buildings can be built

6 Meryton House, Longbourn, Windsor, SL4 3TW   – consent to install 2 ducting outlets and fit external wall caps to exterior of bathroom and ensuite bathroom wall.  (PA 23/02285/LBC)
Pending

13 Aston Mead, Windsor, SL4 5PP – new front porch, single storey side extension, single storey rear infill extension, single storey rear/side extension and alterations to fenestration (PA  23/02107/FULL) This proposal is out of keeping with the design of the main bungalow and in front of the building line.
Pending

51 West Crescent, Windsor, SL4 5LE – replacement outbuilding to be used for short term lets (PA 23/02005/FULL)                                                        Pending

17 Longbourn, Windsor – felling of oak trees (PA 23/02137)

 Letters written after the September Meeting

 1 Dower Park, Windsor, SL4 4BQ – two storey side extension (PA 23/02083/Full) This proposal is for a two-bedroom house attached to the original detached house and out of keeping with the rest of the road.
Pending

Letters written after the August Meeting

 1 Gwynne Close, Windsor, SL4 5PY – single storey front extension, single storey side extension, new drop kerb and 2 parking spaces following the removal of the existing garage (PA 23/01272/FULL)
Refused

Market Cross House, 51 High Street, SL4 1LR  – retention of replacement roof and rainwater goods, repair works to the chimney stack, external finish and rear fenestration, internal repairs and new security cameras (PA 23/01288/LBC)  
Pending

Former Jojo Maman Bébé, 101 Peascod Street, SL4 1DH – consent for the redecoration of shopfront, signage and internal alterations (PA 23/01657/LBC)      
Permitted

 66B Illingworth, Windsor, SL4 4U – works to trees covered by TPO Proposal: Oak tree – fell (005/1960/TPO) (PA 23/01625)  The property had been built only 12 years ago and at that time it was thought the oak tree was in jeopardy and now it is failing
Permitted but must replant a replacement oak in the garden

1423 China Kitchen, 4 Church Lane, Windsor, SL4 1PA – consent to replace existing shop front windows with sliding sash windows, insertion of side window, raising of rear wall and changing of pitched roof to flat roof to existing rear extension and repairs to rear elevation (PA  23/01805/LBC + 23/01804/Full)
Pending

Land adjacent to 4 Block D, Cavalry Crescent, Windsor –  2 three bedroom dwellings with associated parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing garage block (PA 23/01817/FULL)
Pending

 Updates to Planning Applications mentioned in previous newsletters.

 Letters written after the July Meeting

39 Green Lane, Windsor, SL4 3RZ – hip to gable and raising of the ridge to accommodate habitable accommodation within the roof space, 1 rear dormer, new mono pitch roof to west elevation and alterations to fenestration ( PA 23/01358)  The plans were inspected, and it was agreed that the proposed roof was too high.   
Refused

The Ridings, St Leonards Hill, Windsor, SL4 4AT first floor link extension between existing house and garage, 1 front dormer, 2 side dormers and up and over glazing – (PA  23/01426/FULL) 
Permitted

Letters written after the June Meeting

Grasmere, Broadleys, Hale And Winwood and land at Sawyers Close, Windsor – (PA –  23/01090)                                                                                   Pending

22 Gallys Road, Windsor, SL4 5QY –  Part single, part first floor, part two storey wrap around (sides/front) extension  (PA 23/01124/FULL)    
Permitted

 Letters written after the May Meeting 

The Drury House, 4 Church Street, Windsor, SL4 1PE – (PA 23/00716 LBC) 
Pending

 Letters written after the April Meeting

 8 College Crescent, Windsor, SL4 3PG – part single, part two storey front/side extension, two storey rear extension, solar panels, raising of the ridge, 1 rear dormer and alterations to fenestration – (PA 23/00645/FULL)  These plans were inspected, and it was thought the height was out of keeping and the design incongruous.  
Pending

Land Adjacent The Hatch and South of Maidenhead Road and North of Windsor Road, Water Oakley, Windsor – reserved matters (appearance, layout and sale) pursuant to outline planning permission 22/00934/OUT for the erection of up to 135 new dwellings, areas of public open space including play spaces and pocket allotments, together with associated landscaping, car parking, footpath/cycle connections and vehicular access onto Maidenhead Road – (PA 23/00582/REM)  Letter sent regarding, design, layout, positioning of the affordable housing units, amenity spaces, gated areas etc. 
Pending

 Letters written after  the March meeting

Windsor Yards re-development – (PA 22/02893/FULL)  This application was discussed again in the light of the recent photographs taken, the developer’s response and additional papers submitted. It was agreed that all would view the additional papers after which a letter was sent. This went to April’s Management Panel and was permitted but the final letter is not on the website yet.    
Pending

Church Street Garden   There is a serious problem with rodents in this area and a letter was sent to the Borough seeking input to resolve this.
Pest Control has begun to work on the garden

 Letters written after the January Meeting

Windsor Yards re-development – (PA 22/02893/FULL)   These plans had just been submitted but it was agreed that a response from The Society was required.  Letter sent regarding the additional two floors on the hotel.
Pending – this was permitted at Panel but there is still no confirmation on the website as there will still be legal matters to sort

Former Windsor Garden Centre, Dedworth Rd, Windsor – details required by Condition 23 (biodiversity enhancements) of Planning Permission 20/01145/FULL for the demolition of existing buildings and structures and construction of a Class A1 discount food store (PA 22/03278)  Letter sent regarding lack of required documentation 
Pending  New application to vary Condition 23 (biodiversity enhancements) 23/01481

 Letters written after the August Meeting

58 Gallys Road, Windsor, SL4 5RA – replacement dwelling with 1 rear outbuilding (PA 22/01867FULL)   Regarding dwelling with 1 rear outbuilding. Letter sent regarding a condition on the need to ask that the PD rights to extend are removed otherwise the owners could extend again. 
Permitted

 

OUR GARDEN MAINTAINANCE PROJECT

Our work on Windsor town centre’s small garden areas is progressing and during October we held two garden working parties. 

On Saturday 14th about ten of us spent a couple of hours working in the Charles Knight  Garden. The forecast was threatening but the rain held off and we made great progress – getting rid of many more weeds and bagging up a large pile which we had not managed to finish processing last time. The garden now looks really neat and tidy for the winter and some spaces have been created which can be planted with new plants in the spring.

The following Saturday Anne Taylor, Philippa Johnson and myself planted about three hundred bulbs, mostly along the upper path in Bachelors Acre but also some in the Charles Knight Garden. Once again despite a forecast of rain we worked in the dry. We used Chris Aitken’s patent method of lifting out a large divot with a spade and just dropping four bulbs into the resultant hole and this made the task a whole lot easier. I have also put some more bulbs in River Street and still have some for the bed on the south side of the Windsor/Eton Bridge if only the rain would stay off long enough for me to get out and plant them.

We can now spend the winter making plans for more planting in the Spring. As 2024 is the 80th  anniversary of the D-day Landings we are determined to plant up the Remembrance Garden bed in Bachelors Acre to commemorate this.

There are 27 names on the Garden Group list so far which is wonderful but I would still welcome more recruits if anyone else wants to join in. This list is not restricted to members so, if you know of family or friends who might be interested in helping, then do encourage them to join in by contacting me, Alison Logan on amlogan48@gmail.com

MEMBERSHIP

We have 316 members and are continuing a steady rise. We hope our new meetings venue at the Old Court will attract even more to The Society.

Thank you to those who have renewed their membership by Standing Order, BACS, or cheque. Memberships were due at the beginning of October so if you haven’t already actioned this, please pop a cheque in the post to Katie Broady, Membership Secretary now, or make payment by bank transfer.

Membership subscriptions are £10 – single membership £15 – joint membership

Please note that membership will lapse on 31st December if a subscription remains unpaid.

MEET YOUR COMMITTEE

Following the AGM, details of the President, Honorary Vice-President, Trustees and Executive Committee of the Windsor and Eton Society and RBWM nominees for 2023-2024 are as follows:

 PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY     Lt. General Philip Jones CB. CBE. DL.

 HONORARY VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY       Mrs Anne Taylor

TRUSTEES OF THE SOCIETY/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE  MEMBERS

Chair                           Mrs Margaret Lenton

Vice Chair                  Mr Chris Aitken

Secretary                   Mrs Anne Casson

Treasurer                   Mr Fred West

Ms Katie Broady

Mr James Clark

Mrs Janet Dawson

Mrs Theresa Haggart

Mrs Philippa Johnson

Mr Malcolm Leach

RBWM NOMINEES

Mayor and Cllr Neil Knowles

Kerrstyn Laiss, wife of Cllr Devon Davies

LOCAL NEWS

Windsor Town Forum – The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 11th January 2024 at 6.30pm in the Grey Room, York House, Sheet Street, Windsor. Minutes of previous meetings, the Agenda and dates of future meetings when available, can be accessed through the RBWM website http://www.rbwm.gov.uk

 

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