Little Shelford history book re-published
Now the beautiful book has been re-published on this website. Follow the link above where every page is available to read. There is also a searchable PDF of the book available.
Stop press: A full index of the book is now available. It includes former England football captain Arthur Dunn, famous garden designer Lawrence Johnstone and war hero Sid Dockerill.
Fanny Wale created a few black and white copies of the book and called it A Record of the Shelfords Magna and Parva in Cambridgeshire. This version of the book also includes handwritten notes by Fanny Wale herself as well as some of her drawings not used in her original book. References in the book would suggest it was copied around 1930. Photos of all the notes and additions in the updated book can be found here.
Battle of Arras commemoration
A special peel of bells was rung on April 23 2017 to mark the death of Ernest Meadows in the Battle of Arras.
Old house mystery
The mystery of a house that was due to be re-built in Shelford 50 years ago has re-emerged.
Shelford painting mystery
There is a mystery surrounding 2 Egyptian paintings by a member of the Wale family.
Little Shelford's war hero
The war record of Little Shelford war hero Sid Dockerill has been published on this website.
Grave becomes a shrine
The grave of a Little Shelford soldier has become a shrine in India. And an article based on his diary and his accounts of battles in Indian in the 19th century has just been published for the first time. His two daughters (pictured) escaped from the Indian Mutiny with their mother hidden in a cart pulled by bullocks.
Hauxton Road in 1906
See more Hauxton Road photos here.
Little Shelford 103 years ago
A transcription of the 1911 Census is now on the website. It includes a baker and a blacksmith and five young men who would lose their lives a few years later in the Great War.
map more than 200 years old has just been published on the website.
Census details from Little Shelford in 1851 have now been added to the site.
History book republished
A history book featuring Little Shelford Church has just been republished.
Antiquities of Cambridgeshire has been compiled from Bell's original manuscripts. It includes text and fine drawings.
The books can be bought for £30 each by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Village green 100 years ago
A photo showing a partial village green at the corner of Church Street and Manor Road 100 years ago has emerged. The photo was probably copied by Fanny Wale for her book, A Record of Shelford Parva. See more old photos here.
New spitfire hero book
A new book featuring Little Shelford spitfire hero James Coward has just been published. Australian Eagles tells the stories of five Australian pilots and one adopted Australian who successfully defended Britain against the Luftwaffe onslaught.
Third Sea Lord lived in the village
It has emerged that Sir Charles Daniel, Third Sea Lord, who was involved in the surrender of the German fleet in 1918, lived in Little Shelford for over 20 years.
Little Shelford medal sold
The Military Cross won by John Pares Wilson from Little Shelford has just changed hand on Ebay for over £1,000.
Rare drawing emerges
A drawing of All Saint's Church with Camping Close in the foreground drawn by the Cambridgeshire artist Osbaldeston around 1850 has just been shared with the website by historian Mike Petty.
Can you solve a mystery?
Alfred Rayner and grandaughter Blanche Potter are pictured outside Rosemary, High Street, Little Shelford in 1932. Do you have any information on the Cracknell family who lived in Garden Fields in 1930s?. Blanche Downing came to the recent history open day trying to discover why her family moved from London to Shelford in 1930s. She can be contacted on Cambridge 303406.
Lawrence Johnston was an influential garden designer and plantsman who created the world famous gardens at Hidcote in the Cotswolds. Lawrence studied in Little Shelford before and after he was a student in Cambridge. Lawrence created Hidcote after his mother Gertrude Winthrop bought the 300-acre estate
This is what The Navigator pub in Little Shelford used to look like when it was known as the Plough. You can see more old pub photos here.
New village sign
New old photo of Little Shelford
You can see more old photos of the High Street in Little Shelford here.
All Saints memorials
Photos of all the memorials in All Saints Church are now available on this website.
Little Shelford in 1686
talk by the former Principle County Archivist in February.
Garden Fields in yesteryear
This photo of Garden Fields has just been shared with the Little Shelford history website. See more pictures of Garden Fields here.
Courtyards in the 70s
An aerial photo of Courtyards in the 70s has just emerged. See more old photos of Courtyards here.
A book has been republished highlighting the period when Hidcote garden designer Lawrence Johnstone lived in Little Shelford.
Model of hall discovered
A model of Little Shelford Old Hall, which was demolished in 1850, has been discovered in a storage room in a museum in Cambridge.
Thomas Blossom was one of the founding fathers of America. Thomas and Anne Blossom were among the first Puritan settlers in New England. He was born in Little Shelford around 1580.
His American descendants include President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush.
This is what Winners Chinese takeaway in Little Shelford used to look like when it was known as the Chequers public House. You can see more old pub photos here.
All Saints Church
This photo of All Saints Church in Little Shelford dates from the 1860s. You can see more photos of the Church here.
Painting of our Downton Abbey emerges
A new painting of Little Shelford Hall, which burnt down in 1929, has just emerged.
This painting of the wedding of Adelaide Wale in 1881 at Little Shelford Hall has been shared with this website.
Edward VII in Little Shelford
A book including details of Edward VII's visit to Little Shelford has just emerged.
One of the first true stars of our national football team lived in Kirby Lodge and is buried in Little Shelford.
Arthur Dunn captained England, gaining four caps and scoring two goals in the process. He also played in two FA Cup finals, becoming a byword for sportsmanship.
This is what the Sycamore House restaurant in Little Shelford used to look like when it was known as the Prince Regent. Sycamore House opened 21 years ago this year. You can see more old pubs photos here.
Little Shelford School