WATCH: 15 retro videos looking back at Berkshire’s times gone by

PUBLISHED: 11:10 25 August 2020

Windsor Castle circa 1895 (c) trialsanderrors and Photochrom Prints Collection at the Library of Congress

Windsor Castle circa 1895 (c) trialsanderrors and Photochrom Prints Collection at the Library of Congress


Since the advent of the moving picture all corners of our county have changed considerably. Through these classic videos we can take a look back at how our ancestors lived in Berkshire

1) Maidenhead Flooding (1939)

“The water sweeps up the Berkshire Downs, turning valleys and flatlands into a vast lake”

2) Hurley-on-Thames (1940)

“Old Father Thames can make up for a lot. One of his loveliest treasures for instance is Hurley”

3) Windsor and Runnymede (1940)

“Let’s start with Windsor, the lovely Berkshire setting for the Royal Palace of the reigning sovereign”

4) Fairey Rotodyne at White Waltham (1957)

“At White Waltham Airfield squadron leader Ronald Gallatly pilots the world’s first vertical take-off airliner”

5) Life in Datchet (1936)

“Old Man River still has his charm and his charmers”

6) Didcot Atom Village (1947)

“Suddenly, in the midst of the old world a new force has arrived. The atom. This peaceful village is on the doorstep of the Government’s atomic research centre”

7) Reading Trolley Buses (1968)

“Reading has one of Britain’s few remaining trolley circuits. But this too is due to close soon”

8) Royal Ascot (1963)

“It’s perfect at Ascot but for one thing: a big doubt about the weather. Not that the great throng of fashionable racegoers are daunted by any threat from the skies”

9) Maidenhead Sheep Shearing (1964)

“Godfrey Bowen has travelled to many countries demonstrating his technique. In Russia they honoured him with a ‘Hero of Labour’ award”

10) Appleford Traction Engine Race (1953)

“Number 10 - owned by Dr Giles Romanes - is a hot favourite. Some of the others are just hot”

11) Training an elephant to stand on eggs in Ascot (1954)

“Teaching a two and a half tonne elephant to put its foot down gently at Bertrand Mills’ training camp is animal trainer Gosta Kruse. It’s an egg-breaking task trying to persuade the jungle’s biggest animal that gently does it”

12) Reading Electric Car (1948)

“23-year-old Kenneth Smee built himself a new car. His electrically-driven baby model costs only a penny a mile to run”

13) Prince Charles at Cheam School (1957)

“A sports car drives up to the door. For it contains a new boy who is making history - Prince Charles, heir to the throne”

14) Hungerford Tutti Men (1952)

“When the hocktide horn sounds the Tutti Men walk. It’s an old village custom at Hungerford. Every girl they meet must forfeit a penny or a kiss”

15) Eton Wall Game (1934)

“A large crowd of spectators witness the St Andrews Day Wall Game at Eton between Collegers and Oppidans”


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