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Coopers Hill, Berkshire

Historical Description

Coopers Hill, a ridge of bagshot sand rising abruptly from the meadows at Runnimede, and flanking the south side of the Thames, on the mutual border of Berks and Surrey. It commands a brilliant view, and was the subject of Sir John Denham's famous poem, written at Oxford in 1643. Dryden pronounced that poem " the exact standard of good writing," and Pope, with thanks to " majestic Denham," declares that " On Coopers Hill eternal wreaths shall grow, While lasts the mountain, or while Thames shall flow." On the west side of the hill stands the Indian Civil Engineering College, founded by the Government in 1871 for the scientific training of young men as civil engineers for service m India.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Berkshire is available to browse.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Berkshire papers online: