Capturing Cookham

PUBLISHED: 16:15 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:59 20 February 2013



Future generations will be able to see how Cookham looked in 'the noughties' after a recent visit to the village by members of the Chiltern Society PhotoGroup...

The pretty Thameside village has changed little since the early days of the last century when its most famous son, the artist Sir Stanley Spencer, trundled along its pavements and through its meadows, painting whatever he saw, from the famous Tarry Stone - a huge piece of sarsen stone around which games were conducted - to neatly-kept vegetable patches or scenes on the river.

Major subjects include Holy Trinity church, Thameside views from the bridge, street scenes and many of Cookham's 17th and 18th century buildings. The newly-refurbished art gallery dedicated to the works of Sir Stanley Spencer is also included.

The PhotoGroup's pictures provide an interesting photographic record of the town, not just of the usual picturesque subjects, but also of everyday scenes that are not usually photographed.

The complete set of captioned photographs can now be seen under 'What's New' on the PhotoGroup's photo website:

The site currently contains thousands of photographs of over 40 locations in the Chilterns taken over many years. It receives visitors from all over the UK and many parts of the world.

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