125th anniversary of the first recorded journey by a motorised carriage in the UK
On Sunday 5 July 2020, the veteran cars will be returning 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.
Last year’s event culminated with a display of 40 pre-1905 cars, motorcycles, tricycles and cycles on our village greens, and it is hoped there will be many more in 2020. 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.
The first vehicles usually start arriving 11am and then continue to arrive throughout the afternoon. The entrants – and spectators – are invited to dress in period costumes and the DVS will have a stand with displays about ‘Evelyn Ellis and Datchet’s motoring history’, and ‘Victorian Datchet’ to set the scene.
Visit Janet Kennish’s Datchet History website to read more about Evelyn Ellis.