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 on: April 08, 2019, 09:49:23 AM 
Started by Bagheera - Last post by Bagheera
A reminder to everybody that the London Low Emission Zone and the Ultra Low Emission Zone are both now live.

The Ultra Emission Low Zone can be seen at I think, at present, it coincides with the Congestion Charge Zone but, unlike the Congestion Charge, it operates 24/7 and the Emission Charge must be paid on top of any Congestion Charge.

The Low Emission Zone can be seen at It also operates 24/7

Note that if you do not get off the M4 for the M25, getting off at the Heathrow Junction will incur the Emission Charge if your vehicle is not exempt - even if you just go round the roundabout and back.  However, the roundabout at Junction 3 is not in the Low Emission Zone so, rather perversely, it will be cheaper to go on to Junction 3 and turn round if you have missed the M25 junction by mistake.

You can check if a UK registered vehicle will be charged or not at

If your vehicle is foreign registered, you can register it with TFL if you think it should have an exemption but otherwise it will be assumed not to apply. This will, for example, apply to any visitors from St Benoit who drive here (although the last I heard, the French authorities were refusing UK requests for details of French owners if vehicles were caught by speed cameras).

 on: April 07, 2019, 07:56:27 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Having started the revamp of by mistakenly deleting the discussions (I do apologise) I was asking for feedback on the  development of the new look website Thank you to all those who have given ideas for its development so far.

 on: April 07, 2019, 07:22:43 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
It has been often thought how useful and popular something like A Cookham Family History could be, considering how many family trees there are for Cookham families on Ancestry etc
It is planned to attract specific queries to help serious researchers and not just the type who would, on a whim, just ask if anyone knows anything about a particular family in order to pick people's brains without doing any work.

If anyone asks a question about an ancestor, it would be helpful to the reader if they can offer some surrounding information to help identify their ancestor to another potential researcher and create more general interest and 'colour'. So, instead of asking:

My gt grandmother had a sister called Jane Smith b1871- does anyone know who she married?


I am trying to discover if my gt grandmother's sister Jane Smith ever married - if so, to whom? She was baptized in Cookham in 1871 to James and Ann Smith (nee Pearce) and would probably have married c1887-1900. Her father was a gardener at Cookham Dean in 1891 but she is not with her family in the census She may have been in service.

It is an open public forum so that the many researchers of old Cookham families can help one another.

For example, a couple of possibly typical questions:

FOLLY  My ancestor Richard Folly, believed born c1713, married Rebecca Hammerton (daughter of Robert & Ann Hammerton) at Cookham in 1737 but he was not baptised here or in the surrounding parishes. Does anyone know his origins, please?


BRADLEY  In about 1830-40 John Bradley and his wife Anne (nee Mardling) had a beer shop at Ditton, Pinkneys Green, known as the Greyhound or Grey House, which I can't find in online pub lists. Can someone please tell me exactly where this beer house was and for how long it survived?



 on: April 07, 2019, 07:11:35 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
I am afraid that I have inadvertently deleted the Cookham Discussions. Perhaps it is a good time to start afresh!

 on: March 06, 2019, 06:31:49 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
The programme for the Cookham Festival is now available and it is pretty impressive.

Also tickets are now on sale including at the Stationery Depot.

 on: October 13, 2018, 06:02:43 PM 
Started by Cookham Festival - Last post by Cookham Festival
The utterly brilliant Timmy Mallet has agreed to be part of the 2019 Festival! The well-known presenter, broadcaster and artist, known for his striking visual style, colourful glasses and loud shirts will grace the Festival with not one, but two appearances! Look out for more details to follow.

 on: October 09, 2018, 06:21:10 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Put a note in your diaries for the 2019 Cookham Festival 11-21 May.

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