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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

There is a ghost story associated with the site:

CAS 2005 Evaluation Survey and Excavation at Wandlebury Ringwork Cambridgeshire 1994-97: Part II, The Iron Age Pottery by Leo Webley.


Gervae of Tilbury wrote in his Otia Imperialia about 1211:

There is a place called Wandleberia, from the fact that the Wandali, when ravaging Britain and savagely murdering the Christians, placed their camp there.

For the rest of this text see Enid Porter, Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore, p187f.

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.


William Cole recorded that around this year, when he was a child, he used to see the figure of a giant outlined in the turf when travelling from Balsham to Cambridge.


the famous stallion, the Godolphin Arabian, was buried in the Cupola stable black.

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.

Roman Road, Gog Magog, 1932 (MoC251/54)


T C Lethbridge excavates site and makes claim of traces of figure of Magog, Earth Goddess walking beside her chariot, followed by Gog or Helioth or Baal, the Spirit of Darkness walking in front of them.

1950s: Osborne Mansion

Osborne Manor, Wandlebury (MoC)


Following gales in January which uprooted several trees, human bones were found and excavated. There were five adults aged between 15 and 35. They were considered to belong to one of the phases of the iron Age hill-fort. (CAS Vol LXVII 1977)



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