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Teversham is a small village in Cambridgeshire located roughly 2 miles (3 km) from Fulbourn, and is roughly 4 miles (6 km) from the centre of Cambridge. It is a small village compared to neighbouring ones. Although just a few hundred metres from the edge of Cambridge it is bordered by farmland on all sides.
Teversham is a small parish that built up just to the south of the Cambridge to Newmarket road; it had only 27 villagers at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. A quiet arable farming village during medieval times, its recent history has been tied up with that of Cambridge with its growth helping to feed the neighbouring city.
Cambridge Airport was developed on land in the north west of the parish as Marshall's car and aircraft business grew in the 1930s.
Known in early medieval times as Teueresham or Teuresham, the village's name perhaps means "village of a man named Tefer".
At the start of the 19th century Teversham was home to around 35 families, and around 155 people, rising to 238 by 1851. Some emigration, partly to Australia, followed during the 1850s, but numbers recovered, to rise to 286 in 1871. The population was comparatively stable at 250 during the first half of the 20th century.
Post-war building caused rapid growth to 534 residents by 1951, 789 in 1961, 868 by 1981, 1010 by 1986. Further development then doubled the population to 2452 in 1991.
With a parish population of 2665 at the time of the 2001 census, in 2006 the population of Teversham was estimated to be around 2,050, according to the Cambridgeshire Survey. It is a significant growth from 1957, when the population was 780, according to surveys at the time. Around 2005, a housing development took place, which greatly increased the population in time for the survey.
The church is considered 'ancient', dating back to an estimated 910, and even by the time of the Domesday survey was one of the few listed in Cambridgeshire as a whole. Dedicated to All Saints since its reconsecration in 1393 consists of a chancel, an aisled nave, west tower, and south porch. The earliest parts of the present building date from the early 13th century, as does its octagonal font.
Teversham also has a small non-conformist chapel in the High Street built for the use of 'Protestant Dissenters' in 1858. An independent evangelical church, Hope Community Church, has been using the chapel for public worship since 2009.
Teversham has a well-reputed primary school, a parish church, a Victorian chapel, Conservative Club, a recreation ground and Indian restaurant. Children initially attend primary school in the village and usually then go on to Bottisham Village College.
The village's only pub, the Rose and Crown, situated in the main intersection on the High Street closed down and remained vacant until summer 2008 when it underwent full refurbishment as a restaurant. Teversham has been criticised for its lack of shops and other useful facilities, which only became worse as of 2002 when the Post Office closed down, causing an uproar from the Teversham Community of Old-Age Pensioners and Mothers.
After 1560, the rectory was held by a string of eminent clergymen. John Whitgift, later Archbishop of Canterbury, was rector of Teversham from 1560-72, as was Richard Bancroft, rector 1576-86, who succeeded him as Archbishop. Matthew Wren, Bishop of Ely and Norwich was rector 1615-35, and Joseph Beaumont, master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, held the rectory from 1664-99. In many cases the rectors were resident in college in Cambridge and hired a curate to oversee the church.
Although not an inhabitant of the village, the Baptist minister the Reverend Charles Haddon Spurgeon preached his first public sermon in Teversham to a small gathering of local people in a cottage in the High Street.
- 2001 census
- A F Wareham, A P M Wright (2002). A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 10: Cheveley, Flendish, Staine and Staploe Hundreds. Victoria County History. pp. 171–173.
- Walter Skeat (1901). The Placenames of Cambridgeshire.
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