I was pleased to lend my support to the plight of the Cherry Trees which were cut down recently at Rectory Terrace in Cherry Hinton. Especially as they are part of our WWII memorial.
THE CHERRY HINTON CHERRY TREES
Cherry Hinton gets its name from the abundance of Cherry trees which used to grow here. Particularly from the large cherry orchards which use to populate the village from at least the mid 1500’s. Cherry Hinton could almost have been called Saffron Hinton as saffron was also widely grown but Walden had the biggest trade of saffron crop and claimed the name Saffron Walden. In the Domesday book Cherry Hinton is recorded as ‘Hinton’ only. The ‘Cherry’ prefix is first recorded in the mid 1500’s, so Cherry Hinton is actually spelt as two separate words rather than the sometimes mistaken Cherryhinton.
In Church End the is a clue to the Cherry trade with one of the large old houses having the name Cherry Lodge. It was at Cherry Lodge orchards that students from Peterhouse would make their way across the fields to gather and eat the ripe cherries in the late summer months.
War Memorial Cherry Trees:
1st WW Memorial
Cherry Hinton Recreation ground is the village war memorial for all fifty four village servicemen killed during the first world war. Mr E Pamplin, member of the famous Pamplin Steam Engine family and who owned the land in 1927, conveyed the land to five trustees to use as a recreation ground. This conveyance sets out details of the trust and records the fact that the land was acquired by public subscription as a war memorial.
2nd WW Memorial
The ornamental cherry trees along each side of Cherry Hinton High Street, from Mill End road right up to the Church, represent one tree for each of the thirty four village service men who lost their lives fighting for their country in the second world war. They were paid by and planted for the Cherry Hinton Women’s Institute in January 1949. This is why Cherry Hinton has no stone war memorial.
Around 2001 the City Council fell some of these trees which caused an uproar from many in the village and after a small campaign the Council replanted those trees it had cut down. So this is not the first time something like this has happened.
For other articles about the War Memorial and for pictures from the last time some of the Cherry Hinton War Memorial Trees were felled you can visit the Cherry Hinton Group on www.ccan.co.uk and go to pages 21-23.
Cherry Hinton Local History Society had a great start back to our meetings after the summer break on Monday night. Our speaker was Barbara Megson who gave us a really interesting talk about the Harveys of Ickworth. We had some more new members join us and I was also handed some more great old pictures of Cherry Hinton to go onto CCAN (Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network). A great night :)
Our next meeting is on Monday 25th October at the Church Centre at the back of St Andrews Church on the High Street in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge. Visitors are welcome, so why not come along! Our speaker for that night is the fab Lacy Anderson who will be taking all about 'The Cam', we also have a raffle and refreshments :)
I have just been to our lovely committee meeting for Cherry Hinton Local History Society. We always have a lot to go through but do it with great humour and nice cups of tea and coffee. I am lucky to be on so many committees that are a pleasure to attend. Cherry Hinton Local History Society has nearly been going for 30 years! We found some notes about the start of the group and had a look through them today. We found out that the society actually started on March 21st 1982, so we’ll have to have some celebrations for our 30th year which is 2011. We’ll get all the details we have about the history of the group up onto our Cherry Hinton Archives Group (CHCAN) website.
If you would like more details about Cherry Hinton Local History Society and the talks, excursions and events we run please do take a look at our Facebook page!
Last Monday I paid another visit to Netherhall School to take some more photos and retreive any items of use before the old lower school is pulled down in the next few weeks. I was accomapnied by Jon & Nic Phillips, Sandra Day and Liz Brown. We managed to takes lots of great archives pics which will soon be added to Cherry Hinton CCAN and we got some great archive pieces, like the old classroom signs and wing signs :)
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