Haslingfield

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Haslingfield
Cambridgeshire
Haslingfield - Scarecrow.jpg
Scarecrows from the festival
Location
Grid reference: TL4052
Location: 52°9’-0"N, 0°3’12"E
Data
Post town: Cambridge
Postcode: CB23
Dialling code: 01223
Local Government
Website: HaslingfieldVillage.co.uk

Haslingfield is a village in Cambridgeshire, about six miles southwest of Cambridge, between Harston, Barton and Barrington.

The main streets in the village, High Street and New Road, together form an approximate circle around the Manor House.

The name 'Haslingfield' is thought to be derived from a kin known as the Hæslingas, possibly itself "Hæsla's kin", and from them Hæslingafeld is "the Hæslings' field".

Parish church

The church of All Saints was consecrated in 1352.[1]

Much of the building dates from the 14th Century, but the chancel walls date from the 12th century.[2]

On White Hill behind the village there used to be a small chapel but all trace has since disappeared.

History

All Saints Church

An Anglo-Saxon cemetery was discovered in the 1870s on Cantelupe Road, but was unfortunately not carefully excavated.

Haslingefeld appears in the Domesday Book with a population of 400.

The Tudor manor house was built by Sir Thomas Wendy, lord of the manor at the time, and used to be a very large house; today only one wing of the house remains, although it has been recently renovated and extended.

The village sign shows Queen Elizabeth I, who stayed one night at the Manor in the year 1564. During her stay she is supposed to have lost a ring and a number of ring hunts have been held in recent times.

The economy of the community has been based on farming for most of its existence. There was a short period of mining for coprolite,[3] used to make fertilizer in the late 19th century. The Earl De La Warr sold his estates in Haslingfield to John Chivers who planted fruit for his jam-making factory in Histon.

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