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St Michaels Parish Church


The Church of England parish church of St Michael was built in 1293, supposedly to replace a Saxon church at Water Oakley. It has a number of sculptures which may have come from th earlier church, including a damaged Sheela na Gig. It is best known to brass rubbers for housing the superb memorial brass of 1378 to Sir John Foxley, the Constable of Southampton Castle, and his two wives. One of the local cottages has a tunnel which it is believed leads to the church and served as an escape route for clergymen.


It is the ancient and historic church of the Parish of Bray with Braywood. As most of you will be aware, it is in the centre of Bray although it serves the entire parish which extends out to Windsor, Fifield and the Drift Road to the south and east and is bounded on its other sides by the Great Western railway line and the River Thames. The origins of the Parish Church can be traced back to the year 1293 although much has happened by way of restoration and repair, since.



The Friends of St Michael’s


This support body was founded to raise funds for the preservation, repair, restoration and improvement of St. Michael’s Church, including the Church Hall and Churchyard. In recent years it has funded or made contributions towards a wide range of items and projects including: the restoration of historical monuments; small but not inexpensive items such as kneelers and cushions, furniture for the church hall; concerts held at the church and more recently the wonderful new organ. In the coming years it is hoping to support one of the church’s major projects – the building of a much-needed toilet facility to be designed in keeping with the church’s architecture.


Would you consider becoming a Friend? By doing so you would be helping to preserve and maintain your parish church, a community facility which has touched the lives of many of us here in Bray. In addition, you would be given advance warning of events run by the Friends, e.g., wine tasting on the vicarage lawn, golf days held at Temple and of forthcoming concerts and other musical entertainment.


To become a friend you would need to pay an annual subscription of £25; alternatively you could become a life member at £300 (or £500 for a joint life-time membership). Details of payment methods are on the web site at http://www.braystmichael.co.uk/friends.htm but for further information, please contact Tony Ellison on 01628 622090 or write to Friends of St Michael’s, Bray c/o Tillat House, Sturt Green, Holyport, SL6 2JF.

Monkey Island Lodge


Monkey Island, in the Thames, is associated with the 3rd Duke of Marlborough, and still houses two amusing structures that he built and furnished with paintings of monkeys.



The Jesus Hospital is a red-brick group of almhouses, founded in 1609 by William Goddard, whose full-size effigy stands over the entrance, to house thirty-four of the aged poor of Bray and six of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers to which he belonged.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre

Maidenhead Heritage Centre is located in the Centre of Town, behind the Town Hall at 

  18 Park St, Maidenhead, West Berkshire SL6 1SL
01628 780555

 It is best described by its own web site - read on, especially worthy of note for children is the Spitfire simulator which is available for public use :

A Great Little Museum


Maidenhead Heritage Centre, described by one visitor as “a little gem”, is just the place to explore this town’s history, which stretches from before the Romans to Vanwall racing cars, aeroplanes, Hammer Horror films and scandals at Cliveden. The town grew up when the first bridge was built across the Thames in 1250 and became a Victorian boom town when the Great Western Railway opened.

Maidenhead Bridge

A brand new Stone Age display has just been installed alongside our Roman skeleton, buried near Bray about 1600 years ago! Our permanent“Story of Maidenhead”exhibition is being improved all the time and is supplemented by temporary exhibitions. This year’s colourful summer exhibition “Maidenhead’s Thames” ends on September 12 and will be followed by “Maidenhead from the Air”.

On the first floor of the museum is Grandma Flew Spitfires, our Exhibition and Archive dedicated to Air Transport Auxiliary, with its fabulous Spitfire simulator (admission charge applies).  The simulator has just had a major upgrade and is now better than ever.


Opening hours are 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.