Haddenham, Cambridgeshire

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Haddenham is located in Cambridgeshire
Haddenham shown 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]

It has several shops and a regular bus service to the cathedral city of Ely, which is approximately 5.5 miles (9 km) north-east of the village.


Haddenham has several shops situated in the High Street, two public Houses (The Three Kings and The Cherry Tree), a beauty salon, GP's surgery, art gallery, a thriving 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.[2]

Haddenham Baptist dates from the late 18th Century and the present chapel from 1905.[3]

In September 2012, the village's new playpark was unveiled by Baroness Scott of Needham Market.[4]


Steam Rally[edit]

For over 40 years the village has hosted a Steam Rally, which attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors from all over the country. The Rally is held in early September and raises money for local causes and charities. In 2013 the rally celebrated its 40th Anniversary. It features over 700 exhibits from a bygone age.[citation needed]

Blossoms & Bygones[edit]

The annual village open day held until 2013 was 'Blossoms & Bygones', a name given to it by Lorna Delanoy of the Farmland Museum, which was once the village's main tourist attraction until its relocation to Denny Abbey. Blossoms & Bygones also included the neighbouring hamlet of Aldreth and features of the day included tractor rides around the village, tours of the windmill and the orchards, vintage car and tractor displays and many residents threw open their gardens to visitors. Blossoms & Bygones celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2011 with a VE Day theme, that saw the villagers dress up as if it was 1940.[5] To all intents and purposes Blossoms and Bygones has now been replaced by the Aldreth Vintage Fair.[6]


White reports Iron Age features such as ditches and possible roundhouses.[7] Historical records of a Saxon ecclesiastical manor suggest Haddeenham was a settlement in Saxon times.[citation needed] This theory is given weight by the discovery of nine Anglo Saxon graves next to the Three Kings Pub. [8]

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 Axis bombing away from RAF Bomber Command's nearby airfields.[9]


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

External links[edit]

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