Haddenham, Cambridgeshire

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Haddenham is located in Cambridgeshire
Location within Cambridgeshire
Population3,344 [1]
OS grid referenceTL464755
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townEly
Postcode districtCB6
EU ParliamentEast of England
WebsiteEast Cambs District Council
List of places
52°21′29″N 0°08′56″E / 52.358°N 0.149°E / 52.358; 0.149Coordinates: 52°21′29″N 0°08′56″E / 52.358°N 0.149°E / 52.358; 0.149

Haddenham is a village and civil parish in Cambridgeshire, England. In the 2001 census the parish had a population of 3,228. The 2011 census reported a population of 3,344, a figure which includes the hamlet of Aldreth[1]


The Archaeology Data Service reports Iron Age features such as ditches and possible roundhouses.[2] Historical records of a Saxon ecclesiastical manor suggest "Haddeenham" was a settlement in Saxon times.[citation needed] Nine Anglo-Saxon graves were discovered next to the Three Kings pub.[3]

During the Second World War, Haddenham was a Starfish bombing decoy site, both K-type (day) and Q-type (night), which were used to divert German bombing away from RAF Bomber Command's nearby airfields.[4]


Haddenham has shops in the High Street, and two public Houses (The Three Kings and The Cherry Tree), a beauty salon, GP's surgery, art gallery, a village hall known as the Arkenstall Centre, and a Library which has been volunteer run since 2003.[citation needed]

Holy Trinity Church dates from the 13th century and was extensively remodelled in the 19th century.[5] Haddenham Baptist chapel dates from the late 18th Century and the present building from 1905.[6]

In September 2012, the village's new playpark was unveiled by Baroness Scott of Needham Market.[7]

Bus services run to the cathedral city of Ely, approximately 6 miles (10 km) north-east of the village.


For over 40 years the village has hosted a Steam Rally, which attracts more than 20,000 visitors. The rally, with over 700 exhibits, is held in early September and raises money for local causes and charities. In 2013 it celebrated its 40th Anniversary.[citation needed]

The annual village open day was 'Blossoms & Bygones', a Haddenham local and visitor attraction held until 2013. The event also covered the neighbouring hamlet of Aldreth and included tractor rides around the village, tours of the windmill and orchards, vintage car and tractor displays and open private gardens. In 2011 it held its 40th Anniversary event, with a VE Day theme and villagers in 1940s costume.[8] Blossoms and Bygones has now been replaced by the Aldreth Vintage Fair.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics. Area: Haddenham (Parish)". ONS. 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  2. ^ White, L (1997). Flat Bridge Farm, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire. An Archaeological Evaluation Site ... (Report). Cambridge Archaeological Unit. Retrieved 26 February 2013. (registration required)
  3. ^ http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/gallery_village_excavation_turns_up_a_wealth_of_finds_dating_back_1_400_years_1_3342744
  4. ^ "Airfield Bombing Decoy Q36A". Pastscape. English Heritage. 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Haddenham village website".
  6. ^ "Haddenham Baptist Church".
  7. ^ "Baroness Scott officially opens Haddenham's new £100k play equipment". Ely Standard. 11 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Ely People - Blossoms & Bygones story". Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ http://www.elystandard.co.uk/ely-life/letters/we_re_going_it_alone_aldreth_to_hold_its_first_vintage_fete_1_4123482

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