The Guildhall, Whittlesford 5612

Whittlesford, England, Cambridgeshire, South Cambridgeshire

Brief Description

Features include garden walls, a knot garden and fig trees.

History

The Guildhall was built in the early-16th century, but the garden was created in the mid-20th century.

Detailed Description

Although there is little land to the north of the property, the present owners have planted a small knot garden. The surrounding walls are covered with fig trees, which provide a suitable backdrop enhancing the medieval atmosphere of the garden.
Features
  • Garden Wall
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  • Knot Garden
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  • Guildhall (featured building)
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Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Whittlesford
History

Detailed History

This half-timbered Guildhall was built in the early-16th century by a village guild, a kind of local religious friendly society. Following the Reformation, the parish obtained possession, using it as a workhouse, poorhouse and a schoolroom. Later it was converted into several cottages. In 1966, the parish sold the building as a single private residence, and it was renovated in 1972.
References

Contributors

  • Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust