Brief History

Gamlingay is one of the largest villages in Cambridgeshire. It is also one of the best recorded. Before the conquest the village is thought to have been centred on the Station road area as Saxon bones from the burial ground were found in the 1980’s.

In 1260 Merton college in Oxford was founded by Walton de Merton who gave the college land in and around Gamlingay, much of which it still owns today.

The village was divided into three manors, Merton, Avenalls and Woodbury to the west. The mediaeval village was situated mostly alone the Cambridge to Bedford road. In 1600 there was a great fire which destroyed the vicarage and many other buildings in the village. In late Stuart times the Sir John Jacobs Almshouses were built for “the poor widows of good character resident in the village of Gamlingay”. These remain in use today. In the 1840’s the First school was built and further terraces in Church St.

In the last 25 years further considerable expansion has taken place with the development of modern housing estates.

Author Jim Brown has written a facinating book, telling the story of the village http://gamlingayvillagers.co.uk/

 

  • Gamlingay History Society
  • Gamlingay Archaeology Society (GAMARCH)
  • Photos
  • Since 1992, Gamlingay has a very active history society. It exists to celebrate the history of the village, to collect and preserve an archive of relevant historical material and to promote history in general.  The society meets on the second Monday of each month, 7.30pm in Gamlingay Villlage College Room 2.  Open to all, whether resident in the village or not and everyone will be made most welcome.  For more information visit the very informative website http://www.gamlingayhistory.co.uk/

  • We are a group of amateurs with a strong interest in Gamlingay’s history and particularly archaeology.   We do, however, have members from other local villages and our interests will extend there.

    We are a group of amateurs with a strong interest in Gamlingay’s history and particularly archaeology.   We do, however, have members from other local villages and our interests will extend there.

    http://gamarch.co.uk/

  • The purpose of Gamlingay photos is to collect and restore as many photos of the village as possible and thus preserve a valuable part of the parish history for future generations to enjoy.

    http://www.gamlingayphotos.co.uk/