Godmanchester has been the location of unbroken human habitation
for over 2000 years. In this section, there are articles detailing the
built history, plus those recalling the past and personal recollections.
The hope is to increase the material with the support of the residents
of the town. I would like to develop a comprehensive reference to the
listed historic buildings in the town over time, any material gratefully
Books about Godmanchester
For an overview of the past
2000 years , read Ben Robinson's article.
Archeaology at recent excavations in
growth in Godmanchester
The detailed history of the centre of
Godmanchester and the Roman Mansio
Links to other roman settlements in the area here
Godmanchester in the C17th
Ken Sneath's article describing the town in the Seventeenth
Tour of Godmanchester's
Celebrations of the 1603 visit of King James 1st
Charter of 1604
Specific Historical Items
Misericords in St Mary's Church
Godmanchester Church Bells
Lindy Malone explores the history of her home - how to be a "House
Token coinage of Huntingdonshire and
Anniversary of the visit of King
Railway in Godmanchester
Godmanchesters unknown civilian c1520
The Built Heritage
Queen Elizabeth School
Clare Bond provides an overview of the town's
built history, an ideal location for a pleasant stroll to view the
many fine buildings.
The Conservation Areas of Godmanchester
are described in this article from Huntingdonshire District Council
Lindy & Ted Malone describe West Street
and its history
Christopher Vane Percy describes the Island
Hall Chinese Bridge - not to be confused with the public Chinese
The History of London Road Farm
The mains drainage eventually arrives
Clifford's Chemist, reverts to a residential property
after many years but the business continues a few doors away
Plantagenet House, 25 years on
from the restoration of 1977
Patrick Hull describes the history of England's largest
meadow; the flood plain that is Portholme
was a race course and centre for early aviation.
The recollections and memories of people who grew up
in GMC or have spent many years here are listed under the "People"
Other "Godmanchesters" around the world
There are only a very few other locations called Godmanchester in the
world, in fact, thus far I have found only one real location (in Quebec,
Canada) and the recreation of
The Causeway in Australia (!).
Publications / Books about Godmanchester - also see
The three well known books on the town, which are reproduced today,
"The History of Godmanchester" by Robert Fox (London 1831),
Green, H.J.M. 1977. Godmanchester and,
"Memorials of Godmanchester", Reminiscences of F W Bird (Ed
W H Bernard Saunders. Peterborough 1911)
F W Bird was born in 1837 and retold his recollections in 1911. It
comprises his memories of events and the people of the town. Interestingly,
he refers to the population census indicting a growth in residents from
1811 people in 1779 peaking at 2438 in 1861, followed by a decline through
to 1901 when there were 2017 people in the town. Today, with the housing
developments through the 1970s to the present, there are about 3300
homes and some 5000 people in the town. Despite this figure, less than
some villages, and a few estate agents who use the term "village"
in their brochures, Godmanchester is indeed a TOWN, the first charter
being granted in 1212.
In addtion, a number of books on the area contain photographs related
to GMC such as:
The aerial photograph of 1931showing the church and Post Street (Whitney)
and The Mill are in:
"Huntingdon - A pictorial History", David Cozens, Pub. Phillimore
& Co Ltd, 1995 (ISBN 0 85033 997 9).
A photograph is included of the Veasey Mill (now converted to flats)
with the Brown & Goodman Steam Mill in the background lending tremendous
height to the skyline which is no longer there! Images of the Portholme
Aerodrome Ltd products and early aircraft are included in three photographs.