Wicken, Cambridgeshire


Wicken, Cambridgeshire

Infobox UK place
official_name = Wicken
os_grid_reference = TL568706
latitude = 52.3111237544937
longitude = 0.298675666473629
population = 835 (2001 Census)
shire_county = Cambridgeshire
region = East of England
country = England
post_town = ELY
postcode_district = CB7
dialcode = 01353

Wicken is a small village on the edge of the fens near Soham in East Cambridgeshire. It is the site of Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve.

Archaeology

East Cambridgeshire is known for its great quantity of archaeological findings from the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Of Wicken some Bronze Age activity is known as there are a few subsided barrows. [cite book|title= Fenland survey : an essay in landscape and persistence / David Hall and John Coles |first=David|last=Hall|origdate=1994|publisher=London; English Heritage|id=ISBN 1-85074-477-7 , p. 81-88]

The church

The church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence and is situated at the eastern end of the village. The newer centre of the village is now some distance away. The church has a nave with three bays, a north and south aisle, a tower that contains five bells, a chancel, a south porch and a large vestry on the north side of the tower. Interred under the altar are Henry Cromwell, fourth son of Oliver Cromwell along with his wife and some of their children.

The village today

In the village today there is a pub, The Maids Head, but there once were two more. The village faces the larger settlement of Soham across a flat expanse of agricultural land, once flooded, and still called Soham Mere. The population was 699 in 1991 but now there are many new houses so that figure will be different.

References

ee also

* List of places in Cambridgeshire
* Spinney Abbey
* East Cambridgeshire
* Wicken Fen

External links

* [http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/B8E68408-2605-4D59-BB4D-47991FE40343/0/Wicken.pdf 2001 Census]


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