Floods Past and Present

The River Thames forms a large part of the Spelthorne Borough boundary. Although this provides a pleasant environment to live and pursue leisure interests in, the downside is that the risk of flooding has always been with us.

The Story of the Sunbury Embroidery

It began in architect David Brown’s kitchen! The year was 1995 and David was looking for ideas for a project to commemorate Sunbury during the forthcoming millennium.

Sunbury Cross C1969

This photo of Sunbury Cross, looking east from the Pyrene House office block, was taken just as preparations were underway… Read more »

Sunbury Regatta

Sunbury Amateur Regatta is firmly established as one of the highlights of the year in Lower Sunbury, both as a… Read more »

Sunbury’s Islands

The Thames is unique in this country in having a series of inhabited islands. There are several in the Sunbury area. Travelling downstream, the first is Wheatley’s Ait.

Crime and Punishment in Sunbury and Shepperton

Crime rates and the argument over punishment vs. rehabilitation of offenders are much in the news these days. 200 years ago there was no such uncertainty- punishment was swift and severe! Despite what we would regard as grinding poverty by today’s standards, the people of Sunbury and Shepperton were largely untroubled by serious crime.

The Sunbury ‘Riot’

We may think of Lower Sunbury in the past as having been a sleepy place where nothing much happened, but in September 1904, an event occurred which was to attract the attention of several national newspapers.

Sunbury Court Island – a Microcosm of Life

It has had its share of dramas, freaks of weather, tragedy and laughter. Such is the idyll, charm and character of Sunbury Court Island, that [relative new-comer] David Garrett felt compelled to compile a history of the place and its residents to leave as a testament.

The Changing Face of Sunbury Village

As I write this article, the Police College building is gradually being demolished, to be replaced by a low-rise development of houses and apartments. Hopefully most people agree that this is far more in keeping with the character of Lower Sunbury than the existing tower block.

The Reynard Stagecoach

“The Reynard”, the Windsor and London coach service operated in the summertime from 1910 to 1912. It was the brainchild of Mr. R. Craig-Mckerrow who believed that stage coaching was not dead, but in suspended animation.