Cookham is a pretty village in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in North-East Berkshire, close to the border with Buckingamshire. Cookham lies on the River Thames with a number of walks along the Thames Path and nearby National Trust property and is one of the most popular Thameside resorts .
Cookham has 3 villages: Cookham Village, Cookham Rise and Cookham Dean. Cookham Village was the original settlement and the delightful high street has changed little over the years, whilst Cookham Rise grew up around the railways station on the Maidenhead to Marlow line and today boasts a modern shopping centre. Cookham Dean is an attractive residential area, noted for its cherry orchards in the Spring and scenic views from Winter Hill owned by the National Trust.
The church of the Holy Trinity, although considerably restored, still exhibits parts of its Norman origins as well as many examples of later construction from early English to the late Perpendicular period when the tower was erected and the interior contains many interesting brasses and memorials.
Sir Stanley Spencer lived in Cookham Village until his death in 1959 and used its scenery as the background to many of his paintings and Kenneth Grahame, author of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ lived in Cookham Dean with his grandmother and was inspired by Winter Hill and the many river scenes between Cookham and Henley.
In the 3rd week in July the Royal Swan keeper rounds up all the new cygnets for Queen Elizabeth II in the ceremony of Swan Upping.