What: History of Riding Court, a talk by Janet Kennish followed by drinks and nibbles.
Our AGM was brief, as usual, and followed by a talk about one of the most important yet little-known properties in Datchet.
When the M4 was built, Riding Court House and farm buildings were separated from the rest of the village, although in the past it was the most prestigious estate in Datchet and one of the oldest in its records.
In the 17th century, the Lords of Datchet Manor lived there and from the 1890s John Kinross, left, farmed Riding Court with huge success. A great character, he was known as ‘Squire’ in the village and after the loss of his son in WWI, he took a leading role in planning Datchet’s War Memorial on the Green.
Riding Court is also topical because Cemex is extracting gravel from its land.
There was also a display of the DVS’s contribution to the Datchet Neighbourhood Plan, and an opportunity for you to comment on how you would like to see the village develop in future.