All about Whittlesford – past, present and future

About Us

Welcome to the Whittlesford Society Website

The Whittlesford Society was founded in 1975 to:

  • Stimulate public interest in the village and its environs
  • Promote high standards of planning and architecture
  • Secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of public or historic interest in the village and adjacent areas

Our membership is currently about 360 households. Regular activities include guided walks, meetings with expert guest speakers and exhibitions of photographs, memorabilia and archaeological finds.

Our journal, “Whither Whittlesford”, is published at least twice a year and focuses on village events, local, social and natural history. Other publications dealing with specific aspects of village history are also available.

See the Archives section for details.


The village of Whittlesford stands by the river Cam or Granta, 7 miles south of Cambridge. The parish, roughly rectangular in shape and 1,976 a. in extent, is bounded on the south by the Royston Newmarket road, formerly a branch of the Icknield Way, and on part of the west by a brook rising at a place called Nine Wells. The eastern boundary follows various branches and former channels of the river.

The northern boundary with Little Shelford was undefined until inclosure, the land being partly intercommonable. The parish lies mostly between 50 and 125 ft. above sea level, and has little sharp relief. The subsoil is mostly chalk, with alluvium along the river, but there is a gravel rise near Stanmoor Hall in the north-west quarter of the parish, and south of the village, where gravel lies over the chalk, the ground also swells gently to over 100 ft. The level northern part of the parish is drained by small streams and water-courses mostly leading north-east into the river.

From: ‘Parishes: Whittlesford’, A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 6 (1978), pp. 263-276.

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