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The shops in Duke's Ride near Crowthorne Station
Population 6,711 (2001)
6,902 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SU841641
Civil parish
  • Crowthorne
  • Bracknell Forest
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
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
BerkshireCoordinates: 51°22′12″N 0°47′31″W / 51.370°N 0.792°W / 51.370; -0.792

Crowthorne is a village and civil parish in the Bracknell Forest district of south-eastern Berkshire. It had a population of 6,711 at the 2001 census, increasing to 6,902 at the 2011 Census. Crowthorne is best known for Wellington College, a large co-educational boarding and day independent school, which opened in 1859 as a national monument in honour of the Duke of Wellington (1769–1852), who led British, Spanish and Portuguese forces in a succession of military victories in the Iberian Peninsula against more numerous opponents, and for Broadmoor Hospital, one of three maximum security psychiatric hospitals in England, which lies on the eastern periphery of the village.


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.


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.


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

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