5th May 2014: Millbridge Brook Meadows (Gamlingay)

The Gamlingay Archaeology Group (GAMARCH) invited me to join the opening of Millbridge Brook Meadows near Gamlingay on Bank Holiday Monday. Once a neglected field, it had been transformed with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, at a cost of £250,000 into a new country park, and South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley cut a ribbon on the newly refurbished Victorian railway bridge at 2pm.

(Photo - Warren Gunn / Cambridge News)

Including a Stone Age Living History display, there were a number of activities for the public to try including an a walk on the Gamlingay Heritage Trail; archaeological finds table and a test pit; pond dipping, brass rubbing and a brick maze. The pleasant weather brought crowds of people from various towns and villages in the area. One person later commented: "I love all their expressions! They loved that Flint knapping caveman!! ".

(Photo - Warren Gunn / Cambridge News)

Records show the discovery of early prehistoric microliths and flints found at Gamlingay and also the discovery of palstaves indicate a settlement since the Bronze Age, although there is limited evidence of Iron Age and Roman. A Saxon burial site was also discovered during an excavation around 10 years ago.

Cambridge Evening News

Biggleswade Chronicle

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