Share |
Tesco Ad
Stow Longa at the turn of the 20th century
We would like to build up a collection of historical anecdotes, facts or recollections about the village over the years. As new people move to the village and time goes by, the wealth of information we have here about our past is slowly eroded.
If you have a story that we could share here about times gone by, please tell us about it. If you know someone in the village that has lived here a long time, but perhaps is not likely to use a computer to see this, maybe you could talk to them and pass on their tales.

Jon Young, 31 Spaldwick Rd says
I thought I'd get the ball rolling and tell the tale of how we came to the village.
It's been nearly twenty years and our house looks as though it has been here forever, but we first came to see a field full of sheep and bramble bushes.
We wanted to find a building plot where we could live and continue to work in London.
The village and the building plot were just what we were looking for and so we decided to buy it and you can read the story of how our house was built here.
The place was still a building site when we first moved in and so we took on a gardener for a couple of hours a week to help us get the place tidy. It was his suspicion that the pond we have by the roadside would have been used to wash out horse drawn carts by reversing them through the gap in the hedge and down a slope into the water where they could be scrubbed.

Tell us your stories and pass on your local knowledge. Click the link to email the webmaster at the foot of the page.

The archaeologists that preceded the arrival of the sewer system in 2009 prepared a document describing what is known about the history of the village. They added to it with the knowledge that came from the results of the dig they conducted. Please feel free to take a look at it. The file is in PDF format and is quite large. You can see it here.

Kimbolton Air Field

Originally constructed in 1941 as a base for RAF fighter aircraft with a 1.2km long main runaway. A single building, associated with the World War II airfield, survives within Bicton Industrial Estate.
Between May 1943 and June 1945 the airfield was the home of the USAF 379th Bombardment Group. The runways and perimeter ramps were too thin to accommodate the weight of the bombers, so the runway was strengthened and extended to 2000 yards. At the same time the number of hardstands was increased from 30 to 50. New crew quarters were built on the south side of the airfield and two hangars were built on the western and southern sides of the airfield.
The airfield was taken over by the Royal Air Force in 1946.
Between 1960 and 1964 the airfield was closed and sold off with the majority of the land returning to agricultural use. The former USAF airfield runways, taxiways, hard stands and buildings survive as parch marks, earthworks and in places marked by field boundaries.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict