With the arrival of the Romans in AD43 came the first permanent bridge across the river at Egham Hythe. Although many existing local communities continued with their everyday lives, this connection to the wider Roman empire brought with it new ideas, customs, foodstuffs and fashion.

It wasn’t until the collapse of the Roman empire in AD410 that a new wave of settlers migrating to the area: the Saxons. While often portrayed as raiders, the Saxons were just as likely to be farmers and traders.

Saxon heritage can be seen all around us in place names such as ‘Staines’ and ‘Englefield Green’. They also established Egham, which meant “Ecca’s Ham” or “land in the bend of the river.”