Monday, 28 April 2014

Colne Brook - Horton

The Colne Brook flows south westwards

Post to the north Poyle Corner
Post to the east Poyle
Post to the west Horton
Post to the south Wraysbury Reservoir

Mill Lane
Colne Bank Mills. New housing here and in Cherry Way on the site of Colne Bank Mills.  This is an ancient mill site and was noted in 1086 and in the 13th when it was a corn mill. In the 14th, William Blakemore, diverted a water-course and built a fulling mill.  In the 17th it was a paper mill and rags collected there brought plaque into the area and many died. In the 19th a shawl-printing business g to Messrs. Tippet & Co.


Stanwell Road
Moat south-west of the mills
Arthur Jacob Nature Reserve. Opened in 1996, and named after a former borough mayor this reserve was formed on a series of derelict sewage sludge lagoons. These are now wetland habitats
Poyle Poplars. This was taken over by the local authority in 2009 from Thames Water. Hybrid poplar trees were planted here for matchwood in the 1970's. Following storm damage in 1987, native trees, shrubs and black poplar, were planted.
Coal Post. A coal post is said to be sited on the parish and county boundary here. It was moved during the construction of Wraysbury Reservoir.


Wraysbury Reservoir
The Wraysbury Reservoir is a water supply reservoir completed in 1970/


Sources
British History online. Horton
Natural England. Web site
Royal Borough of Winsor and Maidenhead. Web site
Wraysbury Reservoir. Wikipedia. Web site

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