Ward Royal is not one of Windsor's most
impressive housing developments. Indeed, ever since it was built,
the edifice has come in for much criticism.
Oxford Road lost to Ward Royal
The major street lost during the development
of Ward Royal was a large portion of Oxford Road, historically
one of the main roads out of Windsor to the west. The road was
sliced in two by Ward Royal, such that now there is a very short
stretch of only 50 metres to the east. To the west Oxford Road
remains. Where Oxford Road was demolished a large number of small
shops and several pubs were lost.
Along this side of the
road was, from left, Horders, pet foods with painted Spratts
logos, Rances Cooked Meats, P Turner, Barber, Arnold's Sweet
Shop, Daph's Diner (A 'greasy spoon' café), Windsor Builders,
The Coach and Horses Pub, 2nd Windsor Builders. The white building
at the far end is Wally Lawrence, Newsagent, Confectionery and
tobacco. The last building in Oxford Road was Boots the Chemist,
at the junction with Peascod Street
and other pubs were the 'Why Not', The Clarence Hotel and The
Alma Road crosses from left to right with Oxford Road on the left of the picture
Other streets demolished were Edward Square, Denmark Street, part of Goswell Road, Goswell Place, and Sydney Place. This was known to locals as "Creaks Cut" or "Creaks Passage" as it lead to William Creak's shops in Peascod Street. There was also a pub - The Duke of Cambridge.
Above, a view from the railway arches,
looking down on a narrow Goswell Road with the gas works to the
right and Trinity Church on the horizon. The area in the centre
of the photograph was demolished to make way for Ward Royal.
The area to the left was also originally used by the gas company
although later, by the 1960s the area had been cleared and was
used for car parking. It is now the site of the hotel in King
The Royal Windsor Website Forum about Oxford Road is here See also Oxford Road businesses
Your views about Ward Royal are welcome on the Windsor Forum pages Our article about Norman Wisdom's film 'On The Beat' features pictures of the area before Ward Royal was built