West Wickham & District Local History Club

The aims of the Club are to foster interest in and appreciation of the history of the local area.  The Club organises lectures from October to April on the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm in West Wickham Village Hall.

NEW MEMBERS AND VISITORS ALWAYS WELCOME

There are visits in the local area in the summer months.  Please get in touch if you have a particular interest or are researching your family history in the area.  The Club is always pleased to help.

BIG VILLAGE DIG

West Wickham Local History Club are delighted to report that we have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help discover something about the medieval settlement of the village – when and how it came to have the form we know today rather than remain the group of scattered farms (manors)  mentioned in the Domesday Book. The Big Village Dig will take place over the weekend of 13 & 14 July 2013. For more details please go to the BIG VILLAGE DIG pages.

Contact details:
Janet Morris <jmmorrisatjmmorrisdotplusdotcom>
Tel 01223 290863

One Response to West Wickham & District Local History Club

  1. Did you know that large sections of the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke are Scheduled Monuments of great historical and archaeological interest, as well as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, well known for their chalk grassland flora and fauna.

    The Friends of the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke was set up in April 2001 to help raise money to protect and extend the best wildlife areas on the two sites, as well as to raise awareness amongst local communities. Much more information can be obtained from their website:
    http://frrfd.org.uk/
    On 10th May 2013 the Friends joined facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRRFD
    You do not need a facebook account to visit the site to look at the many photos of the flora and fauna on the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke, but in order to post comments or photos you need to be on facebook.

    The most popular sections on the Roman Road are between Mount Farm just west of the A11 and the Wandlebury Country Park, and at a weekend in fine weather they can get quite busy with joggers, cyclists and walkers. However, walks on the Road from Horseheath to Mark’s Grave, which also marks the southern boundary of West Wickham, and beyond can be very rewarding. On 21st August three Clouded Yellow butterflies were seen on the Road between Hildersham and Worsted Lodge, just east of the A11. The Clouded Yellow, like the Painted Lady, is a somewhat unpredictable migrant to Britain.
    In recent years a small colony of Chalkhill Blue butterflies has established itself on the southern side of the Road not far from Mount Farm. While it cannot compete with the magnificent number of 335 recorded on Fleam Dyke at the beginning of August, a dozen was recorded on the Road on 8th August.

    The residents of South-East Cambridgeshire are very fortunate to have such an ancient monument right on their doorsteps.

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