"COOKHAM, a parish in the hundred of Cookham, in the county of Berks, 3½ miles from Maidenhead. It is a station on the Wycombe branch of the Great Western line. The village is beautifully situated on the western side of the river Thames, and was anciently a market town. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Oxford, value £480, in the patronage of J. Rogers, Esq. The parish church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is an ancient Gothic structure, and was tastefully restored in 1860. It contains monuments to Sir Isaac Pocock, Knt.; Sir George Young, Bart., and others. Besides the parish church there is a district church at Cookham Dean, the living of which is a perpetual curacy, value £90, in the patronage of the vicar. In that part of Maidenhead which lies in this parish there is a church, being a sinecure incumbency, value. £172, in the gift of E. F. Maitland, Esq. The Wesleyans have a chapel, and there are parochial schools for both sexes; also almshouses for eight persons. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the manufacture of paper and boots and shoes."
"TEMPLE HOUSE, a hamlet in the parishes of Bray and Cookham, county Berks, 4 miles N.W. of Maidenhead. It is situated on the Thames, and contains Temple Mills copper-works."
From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland(1868). Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003.
Other descriptions can be found from other periods in various trade directories covering Berkshire from the early 19th century onwards and from A Vision of Britain Through Time.