Little Shelford

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Little Shelford
Little Shelford Church.jpg
The church
Little Shelford is located in Cambridgeshire
Little Shelford
Little Shelford
Little Shelford shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 840 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TL451517
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Cambridge
Postcode district CB22
Dialling code 01223
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°08′34″N 0°07′09″E / 52.14267°N 0.1191°E / 52.14267; 0.1191Coordinates: 52°08′34″N 0°07′09″E / 52.14267°N 0.1191°E / 52.14267; 0.1191

Little Shelford is a village located to the south of Cambridge, in the county of Cambridgeshire, in eastern England. The River Granta lies between it and the larger village of Great Shelford, and both are served by Shelford railway station, which is on the line from Cambridge to London Liverpool Street. The village has one pub, The Navigator, on the High Street.

The parish is mostly low-lying. It is bounded on the west by the M11 motorway and by field boundaries, and on the east by the River Cam or Granta. The highest point of the parish is Clunch Pit Hill, 31 m (TL447499).

Church and notable families[edit]

The Church of All Saints, Little Shelford is the village's Church of England parish church. The church is a Grade II* listed building, and dates from the 12th-Century.[2]

Gregory Wale's monument

The shadow of a sword falls on three tablets telling of General Sir Charles Wale, who survived many battles to die at Little Shelford in 1848, of his son who fell at Lucknow, and of his eight grandsons and great-grandsons who gave up their lives in World War I. Other notable members of the Wale family associated with Little Shelford include Thomas Wale, Gregory Wale and Henry Charles Wale. A monument to Gregory Wale can be seen on St Margaret's Mount to the west of the village.


The de Freville manor house survives. One of many hidden ways leads past the manor and the farm where the river slips through a wood and kingfishers streak over an ancient mill pool.

The children's writer Philippa Pearce renamed the village "Little Barley", with Great Shelford becoming "Great Barley", the River Cam, which flows through the area, becoming the "River Say", and Cambridge being renamed "Castleford" and deprived of its university. These names are used in a number of her books, most famously Minnow on the Say (1955) and Tom's Midnight Garden (1958).


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS". Historic England. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  • Mee, Arthur, (revised by CLS Linnell & ET Long), The King's England - Cambridgeshire, Hodder and Stoughton, London, New revised edition, 1965, P.165-6.

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