March 31, 2019

March 2019

For most of the 1800’s Willingham suffered from “absentee rectors”. These men had no interest in the village and typically lived in Cambridge or even London, collecting the income and paying a curate
March 1, 2019

February 2019

It’s the 1960’s and at the end of feast week a large Salvation Army band plays on the green. You might wonder why the cars are parked all over the place but it those days a road ran right across the
February 1, 2019

January 2019

The Hospital Sunday parade moves up Church Lane around 1920. In those days there was no NHS and visits to the doctor or hospital had to be paid for. Most ordinary families could never afford a stay in
December 23, 2018

December 2018

This huge rambling thatched house was on the High St. where the post office and adjoining buildings are today. This picture was probably taken about 1900. It is not known whether the building was demolished
December 23, 2018

November 2018

Here is a photo of the High St. in about 1910. The only house you are likely to recognize is the building on the left which is now “The Bank” pub – and was, of course, an actual bank for most of
November 2, 2018

October 2018

You may have noticed that the house attached to the Cooperative Stores is boarded up and undergoing repair. Stephanie Prior asked us whether there was a photo of the house and shop in its original form
September 30, 2018

September 2018

Last month we saw the old Baptist Meeting house on George St. which was built in 1833 and demolished in 1978. This month we see a photo of the inside of the building which is “Tardis like” in the amount
September 5, 2018

August 2018

This building, on George St., was the original Baptist Chapel for the village. Willingham has a long history of "non-conformist" congregations (separate from the Parish church). In 1662 the rector of the
July 29, 2018

July 2018

A lot has been said recently about the 100 year anniversary of the first women getting the vote. In that context this month’s photo is interesting. The scene is the noise and bustle of a threshing machine
July 1, 2018

June 2018

If you have ever wondered why the little road that runs alongside the Lode at the east side of the rec is called “Pound Lane” then here is the answer. This was actually the site of the village animal