The original ‘Crowthorne’ dates back to Anglo-Saxon Times and was located at the heart of the Great Forest of Windsor where the walks of Sandhurst, Bagshot and Easthampstead meet. The name is derived from a map drawn in 1607 during the reign of James I, marking a thorn tree in the area now known as Brookers Corner.
Crowthorne is a village and civil parish in the Bracknell Forest district of the Royal Borough of Berkshire and is best known for Wellington College, a large co-educational boarding and day independent school, which opened in 1859 as a national monument in honour of the Duke of Wellington.
The village was only a small hamlet until Wellington College opened and Crowthorne railway station, originally known as Wellington College for Crowthorne station, was opened shortly afterwards in 1860.
The village holds a biennial carnival and has numerous clubs and societies covering sport and the arts. The Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011.
Crowthorne & Crown Wood Cricket Club was formed in January 2014 as an amalgamation of 2 existing clubs. The new club plays its home games in the grounds of Wellington College as well as Crown Wood's established base at St Sebastian's.
Schools include the Crowthorne Church of England Primary School and the Oaklands Junior School, there are four primaries in total and a range of nurseries. Secondary-age children are served by the Edgbarrow School, which was judged 'Outstanding' by OFSTED.
Crowthorne retains a village feel and atmosphere and the surrounding area is characterised by open spaces, lakes and woodland with plenty of great walking routes and numerous cycle paths.
One of the area’s most famous and impressive roads is Wellingtonia Avenue, built in 1863 through woodland known as Finchampstead Ridges and lined with over one hundred giant sequoia trees which were known at the time as Wellingtonia.
Nearby Sandhurst is famous as the home of the Royal Military Academy.