Place:Balsham, Cambridgeshire, England


Alt namesBeleshamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 47
Belesshamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 47
Coordinates52.133°N 0.333°E
Located inCambridgeshire, England
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Balsham is a rural village and civil parish in the county of Cambridgeshire, in the United Kingdom, which has much expanded since the 1960s and is now one of several dormitory settlements of Cambridge. The village is south east of the centre of Cambridge beyond the A11 road and also within comfortable driving distance of Newmarket and Haverhill where many residents work and shop.


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In 1015, Balsham was totally destroyed by Viking raiders. A sign on the village green commemorates the sole survivor of the attack who escaped by hiding in the parish church.

In 1568 Richard Killingworth, Esq., was granted an estate at Balsham, which in 1590 belonged to his son and heir John Killingworth and was called Place Manor, much later becoming Place Farm. In 1617, the year of John's death, he still held the manor on the site of what in 1975 was called Balsham Place, together with freehold and copyhold lands, an enclosure in Balsham Wood, and heathland in the west part of the parish. His eldest son Giles (born 1571) thereafter held the manor of the Charterhouse Foundation, the feudal superior. A Mr. Killingworth still held the estate in 1715 when it appeared to extend to 261 acres, but in 1756 it was for sale.

The area between Balsham and West Wratting is said to be the haunt of the mythical Shug Monkey.

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