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Archaeological excavations of the manor of Hintona

History of Church End

CAS 2005 has an article ‘The Manor of Hintona: the Origins and Development of Church End, Cherry Hinton’ by Craig Cessford with Alison Dickens. It describes a settlement that originated in the Middle Saxon period and during the Saxon-Norman period was the site of a large manorial centre and agricultural supply centre for Cambridge. It was abandoned in the medieval period.

At 69-115 Church End Road there was a cemetery containing over 670 inhumations, mainly aligned east to west. It appears to date to the Saxo-Norman period.

In conclusion the report  says that the Church End settlement seems to relate to  an as yet poorly understood Middle Saxon settlement which probably lay to the southwest. The settlement here was probably abandoned as part of the general reorganisation of the village and the foundation of St Andrews church. The Church End area became peripheral to the village.


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