Haddenham village sign
The little cathedral city of Ely is about 5½ miles north-east of the village.
Haddenham has a High Street with several local shops, two public Houses (The Three Kings and The Cherry Tree), a beauty salon and a village hall known as the Arkenstall Centre.
Holy Trinity Church dates from the 13th century and was extensively remodelled in the 19th century.
Haddenham Baptist dates from the late 18th Century and the present chapel from 1905.
For over 40 years the village has hosted a Steam Rally, which attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors from all over the country. The Rally is held in early September and raises money for local causes and charities. In 2013 the rally celebrated its 40th Anniversary. It features over 700 exhibits from a bygone age.
Blossoms & Bygones
The annual village open day held until 2013 was 'Blossoms & Bygones', a name given to it by Lorna Delanoy of the Farmland Museum, which was once the village's main tourist attraction until its relocation to Denny Abbey. Blossoms & Bygones also included the neighbouring hamlet of Aldreth and features of the day included tractor rides around the village, tours of the windmill and the orchards, vintage car and tractor displays and many residents threw open their gardens to visitors. Blossoms & Bygones celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2011 with a VE Day theme, that saw the villagers dress up as if it was 1940. To all intents and purposes Blossoms and Bygones has now been replaced by the Aldreth Vintage Fair.
White reports Iron Age features such as ditches and possible roundhouses.
Contemporary records refer to a manor of Haddenham in Anglo-Saxon times, owned by the Church.
During the Second World War, Haddenham was a Starfish bombing decoy site, both K-type (day) and Q-type (night), which were used to divert German bombing away from RAF Bomber Command's nearby airfields.
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- White, L: 'Flat Bridge Farm, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire. An Archaeological Evaluation Site' (1997) - Cambridge Archaeological Unit
- National Monuments Record: No. 1464739 – Airfield Bombing Decoy Q36A