A Cookham History

Colonel Ricardo

Colonel Ricardo was a great benefactor of Cookham. He appeared to be a larger than life character and was said to be the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame's Toad from the Wind in the Willows. He drove round in a bright yellow Rolls Royce, the first car in the village, and would stop and offer lifts to Cookham residents.

He bequeathed the King's Hall to Cookham as a reading room, this is now the Stanley Spencer Gallery.






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