Burchetts Green from the Saxon Byrchehurste (hurst meaning copse) is a small hamlet to the west of Maidenhead in the English county of Berkshire. It is half in the civil parish of Hurley and half in the civil parish of Bisham. It also lies between the estates of two large country houses. Stubbings House, built about 1740 and Hall Place, built about 1728.
Stubbings House was the home of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands during World War II, and is now privately owned. Hall Place had numerous owners including Robert Clayton, a Lord Mayor of London. Hall Place now houses the Berkshire College of Agriculture.
The road running through Burchetts Green links Marlow and the main road to Bath (A4). Lord Salisbury is believed to have used this route. He suffered from ill health and wished to visit the spas in Bath but wanted to avoid travelling through Maidenhead Thicket, due to the presence of highwaymen.
Among the legends and ghost stories of the neighbourhood is that of Claude Duval, the famous highwayman who is said to have carried out his expeditions in the Burchetts Green area. Burchetts Green House and Woodlands Cottage are said to be haunted, the former by the Druids!! Hall Place is no exception and students claim to have seen a coach and horses crossing the lawn at the back of the house!
Burchetts Green School, built in 1867/8 as a chapel and, at a time not recorded, converted into a school. It still functions as a Church of England infants school and has an excellent reputation, gaining an “Outstanding” rating by OFSTED.
Today Burchetts Green is almost entirely residential. The Crown Public House (dating back to 1847) is the hub of the village and offers affordable Award Wining Michelin Food and Service in comfortable surroundings. Please visit their website for more information www.thecrownburchettsgreen.com & try their Beer & Menu to keep village pub/restaurants thriving.
The village is also well served with three neighbouring village churches (the parish churches of Burchetts Green) – in Stubbings, Hurley and Littlewick Green.