Shudy Camps

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Shudy Camps
St Mary's Church, Shudy Camps.jpg
St Mary's Church from south-west
Shudy Camps is located in Cambridgeshire
Shudy Camps
Shudy Camps
Location within Cambridgeshire
Population338 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceTL622417
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCambridge
Postcode districtCB21
List of places
52°03′N 0°22′E / 52.05°N 0.37°E / 52.05; 0.37Coordinates: 52°03′N 0°22′E / 52.05°N 0.37°E / 52.05; 0.37

Shudy Camps is a village in the south-east corner of Cambridgeshire, England, near the border of Essex and Suffolk, and is part of the Chilford Hundred. In 2001, according to the census, the population was 310, increasing to 338 at the 2011 Census.[1] The area of the village is 951 hectares (2,350 acres). It includes the nearby hamlet of Mill Green. The highest point in the parish is 383' ASL at Mill Green.[2]


The parish of Shudy Camps lies 12 miles south-east of Cambridge and was, until about the 14th century, known as Little Camps.[citation needed] It is probable that settlement in the area began in small clearings in the woodland.[3] The chance discovery of ancient grave sites on the south west slope of White Hills Field (part of Carters Farm) was reported in the “Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society”.[4] In 1933 it was decided to try and find these burial sites again, in order to date them and subsequently a further 148 burials were found and dated as the earliest form of Christian Saxon culture in the area.[citation needed]


Camp derives from Latin campus ('field') and usually denoted an enclosed piece of land. Shudy may derive from Middle English schudde ('shed').[5]

St Mary's Church[edit]

St Mary’s Church (CoE) is one of 5 parishes in the Linton Team Ministry (Linton, Bartlow, Castle Camps, Horseheath and Shudy Camps). The church of St Mary, so called from c. 1200, consists of a chancel, nave with south porch, and west tower, and is built of field stones with ashlar dressings. Fragments of 12th-century carvings have been re-used in the walls, and the south doorway of the chancel is probably 13th-century. That of the nave, perhaps 14th-century, retains the original door under modern boarding, and the porch has medieval roof-beams. The three-storey tower, its upper portion mostly rebuilt in brick though including the earlier belfry windows, has a 14th-century west window, in whose spandrels are carved much-worn figures of the Virgin and Child and of a knight. The nave was apparently widened to the south in the 15th century, leaving the chancel off-centre. Its three-light windows, the western pair renewed, have complicated tracery. The chancel and chancel arch date from later in that century, as do the three-light windows under depressed arches. The plain nave roof is probably of c. 1500.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey 1" to the mile map 148 Saffron Walden 1968 edition.
  3. ^ a b "Parishes: Shudy Camps | British History Online". Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  4. ^ "ESAH - ESAH Transactions". Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  5. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1940). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford (Clarendon Press). p. 80.