Wicken, Cambridgeshire

Wicken, Cambridgeshire

Wicken is a small village on the edge of the fens near Soham in East Cambridgeshire. It is the site of Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve.


East Cambridgeshire is known for its great quantity of archaeological findings from the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Of Wicken some Bronze Age activity is known as there are a few subsided barrows.

The church

The church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence and is situated at the eastern end of the village. The newer centre of the village is now some distance away. The church has a nave with three bays, a north and south aisle, a tower that contains five bells, a chancel, a south porch and a large vestry on the north side of the tower. Interred under the altar are Henry Cromwell, fourth son of Oliver Cromwell along with his wife and some of their children.

The village today

In the village today there is a pub, The Maids Head, but there once were two more. The village faces the larger settlement of Soham across a flat expanse of agricultural land, once flooded, and still called Soham Mere. The population was 699 in 1991 but now there are many new houses so that figure will be different.


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