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Grid reference: TL427448
Location: 52°4’48"N, 0°4’48"E
Population: 1,190
Local Government
Council: South Cambridgeshire
South Cambridgeshire

Fowlmere is one of the southernmost villages in Cambridgeshire. It is very close to the Imperial War Museum Duxford, and 9 miles southwest of the city of Cambridge.


The village has an ancient landmark called the 'Round Moat', which is the remains of an early Anglo-Saxon settlement dating from around the ninth century.

Fowlmere is a parish, 6 miles north-east from Royston, 2½ south-east from the Shepreth station on the Hitchin, Royston and Cambridge line of the London and North Eastern railway, and 9 south from Cambridge, in the hundred of Thriplow, petty sessional division of Arrington and Melbourn, union and county court district of Royston, rural deanery of Barton, archdeaconry and diocese of Ely. The cemetery, on the Shepreth road, comprises 1 acre of ground, given by the late F. M. Beldam-Johns esq. and has a chapel, erected in 1912; it is under the control of the Parish Council
—Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929
The church of St. Mary is a fine structure of flint in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisle, transepts, north porch and a lofty embattled central tower containing 5 bells; there are two memorial windows, and there is also a monument to the Mitchell family, dated 1745 and 1748: the church was restored during the period 1870-90, at a cost of about £3,000, and has 250 sittings. The register dates from the year 1561. The Congregational chapel was erected in 1780: in 1870 an apse was added and an organ purchased: the chapel underwent a thorough restoration in 1878, at a cost of about £1,100, this sum including the erection of a turret containing a clock and bell: there are 409 sittings. In the village is a cross of Portland stone, erected in 1919 as a memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18.
—Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929


Derelict buildings on the site of the former RAF airfield

Fowlmere Airfield, formerly RAF Fowlmere, near the edge of the village, was the location for the RAF Station and transferred to the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) for use by their 339th Fighter Group during Second World War. The Group flew its first combat mission on 30 April 1944, and its last on 21 April 1945. Modern Air was established at the airfield during September 1990 by Derick Gunning and Anna McDowell. Now the airfield provides pilots with self-fly Piper aircraft and servicing, as well as PPL training.

  • Runway Length: 2,297 feet
  • Runway Surface: Grass
  • Aircraft for hire (2009): 4
  • PPR for visiting: 01763 208281
  • Fowlmere radio: 135.7 MHz

Natural history

Fowlmere nature reserve

The Fowlmere nature reserve (maintained by the RSPB) is situated west of the village, between it and the village of Melbourn. With 1½ miles of nature trails, it attracts many visitors. Several special birds are be seen there, including: Kingfishers, Water Rails, and Grasshopper Warblers.

Fowlmere, along with several other Cambridgeshire villages, lays claim to a sighting of the infamous Fen Tiger wild big cat.[1]

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