Crowthorne Things to Do Tips by easyoar
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Del-boys motor (a la Only Fools and Horses)
If you have no idea what the title is all about, then you are almost certainly not British!
Only Fools and Horses is a classic BBC comedy programme that has been made for decades and is held in very high affection by British people (maybe even more so that Fawlty Towers). I'm not sure how well travelled the show is, but it features two brothers (one called Del-boy) who are trying to sell 'dodgy stuff' and are always down on their luck. As such, their transport is a Robin Reliant 3 wheel invalid carriage.
For whatever reason, a car made to look like just like their car seems to live at Crowthorne Fire Station. Complete with a sticker in the window where the taax disk ought to be stating that the 'tax is in the post'. Normally it would be illegal to drive a vehicle on the roads without a tax disk, but as this 'car' is so old, it falls into the tax exemption category.
Address: Fire Station car park, Crowthorne High Street
Broadmoor Hospital - some very dangerous inmates
To anyone in the UK, Broadmoor is infamous. Apparently, it is (was) the first custom-built criminal lunatic asylum in the world and received its first patients in 1863.
The building itself is classically Victorian, although very recently building work has hidden some of this. The hospital houses about 500 men, and 120 women.
The book, the 'Surgeon of Crowthorne' is written about a very dangerous Broadmoor inmate (many years ago) who was very well educated, and was responsible for a large chunk of the first dictionary to be published (the Oxford English Dictionary).
There have been some very well known inmates of Broadmoor over the years including one of the Kray twins, but probably the most famous 'guest' at present is Peter Sutcliffe (A.K.A. the Yorkshire Ripper) who was responsible for killing a lot of women in the 1980s from memory.
In 1952, an inmate escaped and killed a little girl in a local village. This caused a huge demand for an alarm system to give rapid warning should another inmate ever to escape. To this day, the Broadmoor Siren is tested every Monday morning at 10am and can be heard for many miles. An all clear is then sounded 2 minutes later. However I can only really remember one escape from Broadmoor, and that was quite some while back (1970's?), it certainly isn't common, and nobody in Crowthorne ever appears to be concerned by it.
St Johns Church with Lych Gate
This church (St Johns) is situated along Wellington Road, which starts at the end of the High Street near the Fire Station. From there head off towards the Railway Station (you would need to join Dukes Ride if you really were going to the Station), but St Johns will be on your righthand side after a minute to twos walk.
It's a quaint enough church, and has a very nice Lych Gate at the entrance. The Lych Gate is what you can see in the foreground of this picture. It is essentially a gate with a roof on. These were quite common in England a hundred or so years ago, but not quite so common these days.
Address: Wellington Road
Broadmoor Social Services Department
Although it is not possible for the normal tourist to go inside Broadmoor to visit (would you want to???), it does leave you wondering what the insides of the place look like (there is a great big wall around the outside, so it is difficult to get too much idea!).
However the Social Services Department is just outside the walls, and this probably gives a good idea of what Broadmoor looks like inside. Being of the Victorian era, the building work is of a good quality, and it is quite ornate. Some of the 'windows' actually have no glass and contain a brick type of sculpturing instead.
Address: Broadmoor Hill, Crowthorne
Directions: Outside the front of the Hospital (which is the Crowthorne side of it)
Majestic Californian Redwood Trees
One of my favourite spots in the local area. Wellingtonia Avenue consists of around 100 Californian Redwood trees and was planted in 1863 to commemorate the Duke of Wellington.
Around 20 years ago a fungus threatened to wipe out the trees, and one died, but fortunately the rest were saved.
Even if you just drive down the road (Welligtonia Avenue), it is well worth visiting however, as at one end there is the Finchampstead Ridges which are worth stopping off, and a short walk back down the avenue from there is Simon's Wood and Heath Lake.
If you can't drive there, the Avenue is around two minutes walk from Crowthorne Railway Station (one stop down the line from Wokingham, a few stops down the line from Reading, and accessible from Guildford too).
Address: Wellingtonia Avenue
Directions: Just across the Roundabout by Crowthorne Station.
Wellington College, Crowthorne
Wellington College is a private school (read expensive fee paying school) that is located of Dukes Ride in Crowthorne, very close to the station.
The architecture of the building is stunning, although most people don't get to see it. Being a private school, most people don't bother to even try and go in to the grounds. However there is a very good excuse to go in.
The school has huge and very nice grounds. Located in there is a Sports Centre which is open to the public. It is then a easy matter of strolling across the sports field towards the school (or even taking a 'wrong' turning and carrying on up the drive way) in order to see the school building.
Address: Dukes Ride, Crowthorne
Directions: From Crowthorne Station, turn right up Dukes Ride, and then shortly up Dukes Ride, turn right again into the schools grounds.
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