Waltham St Lawrence: The pretty village of Berkshire was once home to a Roman temple


If you look at the village of Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire from above, you can still see evidence of an ancient Roman temple.

The settlement between Twyford and Maidenhead is believed to be in an area of ​​the village called Weycock Field, and a number of Roman coins have been found at the site, which is believed to have occupied until AD 270.

Later another colony was destroyed by the same group of marauding Danes who set Reading ablaze in the 7th century.

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The name ‘Waltham’ means ‘dilapidated houses’ which is clearly no longer the case given the average house price of £ 1.2million.

St Lawrence is the church which dates from before the 13th century.

It was the subject of a major restoration in 1847 and remains standing in the village.

Like many places in Berkshire, the church was used as a filming location for the popular ITV thriller series, Midsomer Murders.

It was after World War II that the village began to expand.

According to the Berkshire Village Book, published by the Berkshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, many new homes were built in the 1950s and it is now a thriving community with a cricket club and an annual village show.

Our photographer Grahame Larter went for a walk.

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