“The hall’s owners desired an estate with a view, and that did not include a village street, so the people were evicted.”
Read the full story on the Guardian website, and don’t miss Sarah’s photos.
Madingley Hall is a place of great beauty, but some of its history is not so charming – and Derek’s Country Diary explores this. The Hall now is the much-loved home of Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education.
The former village street which Derek mentions is hard to see now, but if you know where to look you can make out the sunken channel he describes. It’s easier to see when you’re actually there!
Now look in front of the church (pictured below), and you’ll see the same drum and the nettles. The street runs across the front of the picture. To the right, it runs up towards the lost village. To the left, it joins what is now the main road.