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Madingley village sign.JPG
Village sign
Madingley is located in Cambridgeshire
Madingley shown within Cambridgeshire
Population210 (2011)
OS grid referenceTL395605
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCB23
Dialling code01954
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°13′30″N 0°02′27″E / 52.2250°N 0.04092°E / 52.2250; 0.04092Coordinates: 52°13′30″N 0°02′27″E / 52.2250°N 0.04092°E / 52.2250; 0.04092

Madingley is a village near Coton and Dry Drayton on the western outskirts of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 Census was 210.[1] Known as Madingelei in the Domesday Book, the village's name means "Woodland clearing of the family or followers of a man called Mada".[2]

Madingley Hall[edit]

Madingley Hall

The village is home to Madingley Hall, which was built by Sir John Hynde in 1543 and occupied as a residence by his descendants until the 1860s. It is surrounded by parkland. Queen Victoria rented the Hall in 1860 for her son Edward (the future King Edward VII) to live in while he was an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. The family sold the Hall in 1871.[3]

The Hall and its surrounding park and farmland have been owned by the University of Cambridge since 1948 and is currently the home of the Institute of Continuing Education.

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial[edit]

Memorial chapel interior
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

The Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial is a cemetery and chapel dedicated to American servicemen opened in 1956, on the southern edge of the village beside the road from Cambridge to St Neots. The 30½ acres were donated by the University of Cambridge.

3812 American military dead are buried in the cemetery. In addition, the names of 5127 are inscribed on the Wall of the Missing, Americans who lost their lives but whose remains were never recovered or identified. Most of these died in the Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945) or in the strategic air bombardment of Northwest Europe during World War II.[4]

Village life[edit]

High street with village hall (left) and pub sign
St Mary Magdalene's Church

The village's former public house, The Three Horseshoes, is now a restaurant though it still has a bar that serves beer. The village has an independent pre-preparatory school which caters for reception to year-two students. The village's community spirit is exemplified by the yearly quiz. There is also a village church, where services are held weekly. The church has a 12th-century canonical sundial on the south wall.

The village has two cricket teams, both playing in the Cambridgeshire Cricket Association leagues and one cricket team playing in the Cambridge Business House Midweek League.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National statistics. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  2. ^ A. D. Mills (2003). A Dictionary of British Place-Names.
  3. ^ "Institute of Continuing Education: Madingley Hall". University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-15. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
  4. ^ "Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial". American Battle Monuments Commission. 2005. Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2006-12-31.

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