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The shops in Duke's Ride near Crowthorne Station
Crowthorne is located in Berkshire
Crowthorne
Crowthorne
Population 6,711 (2001)
6,902 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SU841641
Civil parish
  • Crowthorne
District
  • Bracknell Forest
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CROWTHORNE
Postcode district RG45
Dialling code 01344
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
  • Bracknell
List of places
UK
England
Berkshire
51°22′12″N 0°47′31″W / 51.370°N 0.792°W / 51.370; -0.792

Crowthorne is a large village and civil parish in the Bracknell Forest district of south-eastern Berkshire, England. It had a population of 6,711 at the 2001 census, which rose to 6,902 at the 2011 census. A 2020 estimate put it at 7,808. Crowthorne is the venue of Wellington College, a large co-educational boarding and day independent school, which opened in 1859, and of Broadmoor Hospital, one of England's three maximum-security psychiatric hospitals, which lies on the eastern edge of the village.

History

The village was only a small hamlet until Wellington College was opened in 1859 and Broadmoor in 1863. Crowthorne railway station, originally known as Wellington College for Crowthorne station, was opened in 1860. The village grew quickly. In the 1960s, the Transport Research Laboratory opened in Crowthorne.

The Crowthorne urban area spills over into the neighbouring parish of Wokingham Without. The majority of Crowthorne is in the Bracknell Forest district. Edgbarrow Woods are between Sandhurst and Crowthorne.

Geography

Crowthorne has a ites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on the north border of the village, called Heath Lake

Local societies and community groups

The Crowthorne Natural History Society was founded in 1968.

Crowthorne holds a biennial carnival, usually taking place in early July. The 2008 theme was Fun and Fantasy; the 2010 theme was Rhythm of Life, and the 2012 theme was Best of British. The winners of the best junior school float prize were Oaklands Junior school in 2010, and 2012. The Carnival as a whole is organised by the Crowthorne Carnival Association, but individual events can be organised by local schools, groups and businesses.

The Crowthorne Amateur Theatrical Society was founded in 1978.

The Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Roscoe, is based in the village. The orchestra gives three concerts a year, usually at Wellington College, and also holds an open workshop for full orchestra in September and a string workshop in May. The orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011.

Crowthorne & Crown Wood Cricket Club was formed in January 2014 as an amalgamation of 2 existing clubs. The new club will play its home games in the grounds of Wellington College as well as Crown Wood's established base at St Sebastian's. The Club will be playing Saturday League Cricket in the Berkshire League and Sunday Friendlies. In 2013, Crowthorne CC fielded 2 Saturday teams for the first time as well as a Sunday Team and a Midweek T20 team whereas Crown Wood CC fielded 2 League teams and a youth setup. The 1st XI gained promotion from Division 2 in 2013 after winning the league in great style. The new club has 3 League teams, a Sunday Team and a Midweek team. Crown Wood's existing youth setup will continue under the umbrella of the merged club.

Pinewood

North of Crowthorne is Pinewood which has a leisure centre, cafe and miniature railway.

Sports

Crowthorne & Crown Wood Cricket Club was formed in January 2014 as a merger of two existing clubs. It plays its home games in the grounds of Wellington College and at Crown Wood's established base at St Sebastian's. It belongs to the Saturday League Cricket in the Berkshire League and Sunday Friendlies. In 2013, Crowthorne CC fielded two Saturday teams for the first time, along with a Sunday Team and a Midweek T20 team, while Crown Wood CC fielded two League teams and a youth set-up. The 1st XI gained promotion from Division 2 in 2013 after winning the League. Crown Wood's existing youth set-up continues under the merged club. AFC Crowthorne is one of the local football teams that play home games at Morgan Recreation ground. Crowthorne RFC is a local rugby union club, which has played at New Nest, Lower Broadmoor Road, since its construction in 2019.

Notable residents

In order of birth:

  • William Chester Minor (1834–1920), major contributor of quotations to the Oxford English Dictionary, c. 1872–1902
  • A. C. Benson (1862–1925), essayist and scholar, was born at Wellington College. His father, Edward White Benson, was its first headmaster.
  • A. Duncan Carse (1875 or 1876–1938), artist
  • Frank Sherwood Taylor (1897–1956), museum curator, died here.
  • Freeman Dyson (1923–2020), theoretical physicist and mathematician, born in the village
  • Ronald Kray (1933–1995), English gangster, died in Broadmoor Hospital.
  • Sir Anthony Seldon (born 1953), headmaster of Wellington College, political author
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