Monday 19 June 2023

Photographic History of Eton Wick and Eton - The Horticultural Society


The Eton Wick Horticultural Society's float c1931, decorated with donated produce and about to leave Common Road to join the procession of the decorated floats, Fire Brigade, musicians, etc. taking part in the King Edward VII Hospital Parade. The route took the procession to Slough, Eton, up Thames Street hill and on to the Hospital. The horse and cart was traditionally supplied by Bert Bond, the village greengrocer. Parades ceased after WW2 when the National Health Service funded the hospitals.

On the float is Ted Bond. Standing, left to right are, Mr Benham, George Paget, Bert Bond, <r Hemmings (Secretary), Joe Clarke, Hugh Haverly, Ern Woodhouse, Bert Benham (not believed to be related to the Benham on the left) and Harry Young.

This article was first published in A Pictorial History of Eton Wick & Eton.


  1. I read with great interest the photo featuring the Horticultural Society at Eton Wick as it includes Joe Clark who is my great grandfather. I have a very similar photo but don’t know the exact date (?) but it has Joe Clark and William Clark (my grandfather). It features the horse and cart and includes a lady in some kind of costume, all are holding charity boxes similar to your photo. Happy to share the photo with you and if you have any information on Joe Clark that would be great.

  2. My Great Grandfather is Joe Clark who is included in this photo. I have in my possession a similar photo taken at a later date with both my Great Grandfather and my Grandfather William Clark. Would love to be able to date my photograph so any assistance would be greatly appreciated. My email address is