We’ve been asked several times if we would arrange a history walk round the village. We’re delighted to report that we’ve done just that!
The response from people who have purchased our book contines and we’ve been delighted to hear from people with pictures and stories of families who lived in Balsham in times past. We’ve had many requests to see if we can put flesh on the bones for people seeking information on their connection with Balsham. We help if it is possible.
It appears from a recent communication that during the early 1900’s whilst William and Ann Prince were living in London, Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows was a close neighbour to them. The Prince family were residents of our village so maybe a few tales from the riverbank were shared!
You can read more about the Prince family in the book which is still available to buy in the village shops and online here. If you are a Cambridgeshire based business and you’d like to stock the book, please let us know.
In our book Balsham, a village story 1617-2017, we described some of the place names of Balsham and where our research showed an origin. We’d love to know if you have stories to tell us about the name of a place you know in the village, perhaps a house or landmark? Get in touch by email by clicking here.
As you cross the busy A11 and head to Balsham, the first building you will see in the parish is Dotterel Farm and the cottages balanced on the hill before the road sweeps onwards but is it one '‘l’ or two (as the new development seems to be called)? We’ve got the answer!
If you’re on Facebook, do follow us and send a photo of you with your book, we’d love to know your favourite parts and about your connection to the village.
On 27th May we welcomed guests from neighbouring counties as well as visitors closer to home who were keen to see how our four year project was undertaken.
Not all members of the team were able to attend, but those who were there explained their part in creating Balsham, a village story 1617-2017. A visual presentation using the old and new maps was shown to great effect As with all previous exhibitions we were delighted to hear that the photographs, documents and maps on display were informative and interesting, with the added bonus of tea and cakes.
Balsham Feast Day is on 7th July, where we will also have a presence, and copies of the book will be available to purchase price £15.
If you are, here is a rough guide to our afternoon programme.
2.00 - 2.30pm - Meet and Greet and a chance to look around our exhibition
2.30 - 3.00pm - Presentation by Seppe on the maps that made the book.
3.00 - 3.45pm - Questions and Answers session
3.45pm onwards - Meet the Team over Tea and Cake
All timings are approximate; we look forward to seeing you.