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Francis Godolphin Osborne

Wandlebury Round / Gogmagog House

History of Wandlebury

For general information about the site see the Wikipedia article:

Listed building on Heritage at Risk Register

1572-3: John Baxter, esquire Bedell, went ‘to gogmagog hils at the tyme of playes’ (University Accounts)

1620: (A H Nelson) Early Cambridge Theatres p.99:

Saturday, 15 July 1620. The Iron Age Wandlebury Round in the Gig Magog Hills south-east of Cambridge. Robert Scott, Master of Clare College and this year’s Vice-Chancellor, has caught word of impending sports and games at the Gogs. ……. Surmounting the ancient earthworks, Scott descries numerous booths and widescale preparation for ‘horseraces, bull bayting, beare bayting, Loggattes, ninehoales, ryfling’ [gambling] as well as athletic games. Scott learns that John Adamson of Ware, the entrepreneur, expects activities to continue for at least three weeks, and perhaps as many as five. Scott and Tabor, Registrary. bind over a crowd of suspicious Cambridge characters: the widow Juda Hudson, a suspected bawd and whore commonly known as Jumping Judy; George Cook and George Clark, victuallers; John Fardell, carpenter, whose wife is a known and noted whore; Thomas Whaley, innkeeper; and John Cochey, carrier.

Home of Francis Godolphin Osborne, Lord Godolphin, who represented Cambridgeshire in Parliament from 1810 to 1831. He was made High Steward of Cambridge in 1836.



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