Welcome to the online home of the history of Little Shelford. 
  Little Shelford's war hero
The war record of Little Shelford war hero Sid Dockerill has been published. Read more about Little Shelford's links with World War One.

Little Shelford man on first Atlantic flight

Edward Maitland, from Little Shelford,  was on the first airship flight (above) across the Atlantic in 1919.

  Little Shelford history book re-published
Around 100 years ago, Fanny Wale wrote and illustrated a book 
A Record of Shelford Parva by Fanny Wale - cover
called A Record of Shelford ParvaIt was the first dedicated history book of Little Shelford. 

The book includes colour and black and white paintings, drawings and photos of Little Shelford in the 19th and early 20th century. The book was never published and the only copy is kept in the Cambridgeshire Archives.

The beautiful book was re-published in 2013 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Excerpts of A Record of Shelford Parva are  featured on this website. 

It mentions former England football captain Arthur Dunn, famous garden designer Lawrence Johnstone and war hero Sid Dockerill.

A limited edition reprint of A Record of Shelford Parva are available on a first come, first served basis for £30. If you would like to own a copy of the original book, email davidm1961@gmail.com

                                                                 World War One manoeuvres


World War One manoeuvres by troops in Little Shelford have been highlighted in a new book. Read more about Little Shelford's links with World War One.

Fanny Wale photo emerges


The first photo of village historian Fanny Wale has emerged.

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.
           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.
                          1812 Map of Little Shelford

A map more than 200 years old has just been published on the website.

        1851 Census

Census details from Little Shelford in 1851 have now been added to the site.

        Village green 100 years ago
Shelford Church and the Priesthouse
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.

Published by Barrallier Books, Australian Eagles is case bound with French fold dust jacket b&w photos, high quality art paper and a ribbon book marker. It is a limited edition of 500 numbered and signed copies. Alexander Fax Booksellers specialises in Australian military history books. Total UK price for the book and post is approx £35.26  

You can order it here

              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 outside Rosemary, High Street Little Shelford 1932. Do you have any information on the Cracknell family who lived in Garden Fields in 1930s. I am trying to discover why we moved from london to shelford in 1930s. Blanche Downing (nee Potter) Cambridge 303406.
 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. 

Lawrence Johnson 
Lawrence Johnson 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 

The Navigator
The Plough (now The Navigator), Little Shelford
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.
Little Shelford's village sign
Little Shelford's first village sign was installed in the autumn of 2015 on the smallest village green in England. Read the explanation about all the elements of the sign here.
Painting of Little Shelford's 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.

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

Documents about Little Shelford from as far back as 1686 were highlighted at a talk by the former Principle County Archivist in February.
 Garden Fields in yesteryear

This photo of Garden Fields has 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.

Lawrence Johnstone

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 
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 former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.  

The Chequers pub (now Winner's Chinese takeaway), Church Street, Little Shelford
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
"Little Shelford Church before the restoration in 1879." From A Record Of Shelford Parva by Fanny Wale.
This photo of All Saints Church in Little Shelford dates from the 1860s. You can see more photos of the Church here.

Edward VII in Little Shelford

A book including details of Edward VII's visit to Little Shelford has just emerged.

Arthur Dunn
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.   

Sycamore House
Blacksmith and The Prince Regent Pub, from Church Street, Little Shelford. "The festivities connected with the annual village feast were celebrated at this public house. There was dancing in the evening and a fair in the daytime and the stalls and booths were placed on each side of Church Street." From A Record of Shelford Parva by Fanny Wale P29.
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

"The south east of Kirby Lodge in 1915." From A Record of Shelford Parva by Fanny Wale P24
This was one of the buildings that has been used as school in Little Shelford over the years. You can see more here.

 Little Shelford Memorial Hall
The old Village Hall, Church Street, Little Shelford
This is what the Little Shelford Memorial Hall used to look like before it was rebuilt in 2000. You can see more photos of the hall here