Village Archives

The Ickleton Archives


The Ickleton village archives are maintained by the Ickleton Society.  They consist of:

  • a large collection of over 4000 photographs of streets and houses within the village, dating from 1900 to the present, as well as photographs of inhabitants and village events over many years;
  • a collection of over 800 historic and more recent documents and memorabilia relating to the village, its people and its surrounds; and
  • a number of artefacts found locally.

Most of the archive photographs, documents and artifacts have been kindly donated (or copied from originals held) by local people.  If you have anything which may be relevant and which you would be prepared to share, please do drop us a line.

The Archive Photographs

The photographs are all held digitally as well as in paper form.  The digital photographs together with  a wide range of our document collection can be viewed in the Ickleton Gallery here.  In addition For more detail, you can also view photos at original size here.

Index of Documents in the Archive

There are digital copies of a few of the documents in the Gallery.  In the meantime it may be possible to arrange to get copies or examine other documents. Please email us, giving your own contact details and indicating the reference numbers of items in which you are interested.

A PDF version of the index of documents and other memorabilia in the collection can be viewed here.  The PDF version of the index is searchable by putting text into the usual search icon (magnifying glass).


Village Archives — 8 Comments

  1. I am looking for information about the WW2 prisoner of war camp at Ickleton Grange. Would you let me know if you have any information – or where I might look.
    Thank you, keep well.

    • Dear Malcolm
      I don’t know if it’s a coincidence but we & the archivist at Chrishall are also trying to find information about the camp at the moment. We know that Italian POWs were housed at the camp & later it was German POWs. We know that they worked on local farms, that there was a football match against Ickleton FC which the Italians won hands down & that some Ickleton lads rather unkindly teased them by firing stones from their catapults at the windows & roofs of their Nissan huts.
      We’re not sure of the exact location at the moment. Chrishall Grange & Ickleton Grange were farmed jointly at that time & we believe the camp was in woods between the two. The boundary between Duxford & Ickleton parishes goes through the woods & the boundary between Cambridgeshire & Essex is also close by. There was also a camp in those woods for US servicemen at RAF Duxford. We think we know where that was & it would have been in Duxford Parish.
      If you have any more information or know the exact location of the camp, please do email me ( We’re contacting the current landowners & some of those Ickleton lads still alive.
      Kind regards
      Rachel Radford

  2. I have been researching the Hanchett family for many years, and have collected information about the Hanchett family that lived in Ickleton, should you be interested in having copies of my work for your archive, I would be pleased to email it to you. It includes copies of photos, wills, and a transcript of R.A.Ledgard’s, History of “The Hanchett’s of Ickleton.”
    Kind regards
    Martin Hanchett

  3. Hi – I am researching history of Bard family including following who appear to have lived in Ickleton – would appreciate any further info you might have –
    James Bard (b.1753) married Elizabeth Clark in 1782 in Ickelton
    Their Son – Joseph Bard (b.1791) Married in Duxford to Amy Twinn 1814
    Their Son – John Bard (b.1815) Married Ann Duce in 1837
    Their Son – Samuel Bard (b.1839) married Harriet in 1860 – my great grandparents
    I think they moved to London after this
    Thanks in advance for any insights

    Kind Regards

    Chris Bard

  4. Hello,
    We have just taken over The Ickleton Lion as new landlords as would love to find out some history about the pub, do you have any records regarding the premises at all?

    • Dear Mike & Claire
      Welcome to the village! I’ll email you direct about the info we have in the archive.
      Best wishes
      Rachel Radford

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