125th anniversary of the first recorded journey by a motorised carriage in the UK – event rescheduled for 4 July 2021
On Sunday 5 July 2020, the veteran cars were due to return to the village to mark 125 years after the first recorded journey by a motorised carriage in the UK. This first journey was made on 5 July 1895 by pioneering automobilist, Evelyn Ellis, from Micheldever Station in Hampshire to his home at Rosenau, on Southlea Road, Datchet. Unfortunately, due to the present situation, this event has been cancelled. Please see https://www.ellisjourney.co.uk/ for more details. Plans are already in place for a 125th+1 anniversary celebration on Sunday 4 July 2021.
Last year’s event culminated with a display of 40 pre-1905 cars, motorcycles, tricycles and cycles on our village greens. There is a video of the 2018 event on YouTube, please click here to view. And there are photographs of the 2019 event in the gallery section of this website. Visit Janet Kennish’s Datchet History website to read more about Evelyn Ellis.