Madingley: A quaint village in eastern England

 [c Madingley Village Hall (Community Centre)

This evening, I am posting information on the very 'English' village of Madingley, which is about 63 miles (100 km) north of London, near Cambridge. This impresses as very neat, tidy, quaint and picturesque with houses featuring neatly manicured thatch roofs. Population is around 200, about the same as in 1086.


Three Horseshoes Pub, Madingley

Some summary facts and information:

  • Was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as Madingelei, an Old English term which may mean 'Woodland clearing of the family or followers of a man called Mada'.
  • Enjoys academic links with nearby Cambridge via Madingley Hall, a mansion dating from 1543, which now houses the Institute of Continuing Education, part of Cambridge University.
  • At southern edge of the village is the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, a WW2 military cemetery where 3812 servicemen are buried plus a Wall of the Missing listing 5127  whose bodies were never recovered.
  • In the centre of the village is the Village Hall and the Three Horseshoes. Latter is a former pub and now upscale restaurant.
  • The Parish Church of St.Mary Magdelene, can be found within the grounds of Madingley Hall. This dates from medieval times and is about 900 years old. 

 Here is a video clip showing centre of the village

 Madingley is a worthwhile spot to visit when in the Cambridge area.


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