Category Archives: South Cambridgeshire local history

articles and notes on the history of S. Cambs, the upper Cam valley and its environs.

Fruit Growing in Shepreth

Extract from my forthcoming book on Fruit Growing in South Cambs: from chapter five, ‘The Geography of Fruit Growing’. (Copyright J Spain, 2016). Notes on Shepreth: Shepreth is a low-lying parish, with a more clay subsoil, liable to flooding, alleviated … Continue reading

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Fruit Stealing in South Cambs

Extract from my forthcoming book on fruit farming in South Cambs., from chapter six, ‘Fruit Growing and Village Life’. (Copyright J. Spain, 2016). A problem which growers faced at this stage of the season was that of petty larceny – … Continue reading

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Leonard Illingworth, musician, chess-player and beekeeper

I am researching the life of Leonard Illingworth, who lived in Foxton from the early 1920s till his death in the mid 1950s. He lived at The Way’s End, with two and a half acres of garden, where he kept … Continue reading

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The legal dispute between Chivers and Eastwood Cement at Barrington hill in 1930

Extract from my forthcoming book on the history of fruit farming in South Cambs: In 1900 the fruit-growing and jam making business of John Chivers & Sons began to take an interest in acquiring suitable orchard land in South Cambridgeshire, … Continue reading

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Shepreth as seen by others

Over the years I have come across references to Shepreth in historical papers, local history books, county guides and other publications and it is interesting to see how the village has been represented down the ages. If one was writing … Continue reading

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Our Lady of White hill: new evidence of the chapel at Haslingfield

Since publishing my short book, ‘The Pilgrimage to Our Lady of White hill,’ in 2013, I have come across further evidence relating to its use in the early 16th century. This relates to bequests made in two wills, of offerings … Continue reading

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Old Orchards in South Cambridgeshire

Where ever you go in South Cambs. it’s possible to see the remnants and relics of a once thriving fruit growing industry. Most of the commercial orchards were grubbed up in the 1970s so it’s a question of looking for … Continue reading

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