Slave owning family with Shelford links

A member of a slave owning family is buried in All Saints Church graveyard.

Trainer to two Kings

Richard Marsh, the horse trainer for two Kings, is buried in Little Shelford Churchyard it has emerged.

New Shelford Hall painting emerges

Little Shelford's village sign

Little Shelford's first village sign was erected in 2015 on the smallest village green in England. Read the explanation about all the elements of the sign here.

Painting of Little Shelford's Downton Abbey emerges

A previously unknown painting of Shelford New Hall in Little Shelford has emerged.

Society wedding at Shelford Hall

This is a painting of Little Shelford New Hall, which burnt down in 1929.

New old photo of Little Shelford

Memories of a big society wedding at Little Shelford Hall in 1881 have emerged in some Wale family diaries.

Little Shelford Church mystery solved

This old photo is of High Street in Little Shelford. You can see more old photos of theHigh Street in Little Shelford here.

All Saints memorials

Photos of all the memorials in All Saints Church are now available on the Little Shelford History website.

Little Shelford in 1686

The mystery of a missing brass at All Saints Church in Little Shelford might finally have been solved.

Shelford Old Hall

Documents about Little Shelford from as far back as 1686 were highlighted at a talk by the former Principle County Archivist .

Garden Fields in yesteryear

This is a model of Shelford Old Hall in Little Shelford, which was demolished in the 1850s.

Little Shelford's war hero

An aerial photo of Courtyards in Little Shelford in the 1970s has just emerged. See more old photos of Courtyards here.

Lawrence Johnston

This photo of Garden Fields in Little Shelford has been shared with the Little Shelford history website. See more pictures of Garden Fields here.

Courtyards in the 70s

The war record of Little Shelford war hero Sid Dockerill has been published. Read more about Little Shelford's links with World War One.

Little Shelford man on first Atlantic flight

A book has been republished highlighting the period when Hidcote garden designer Lawrence Johnston lived in Little Shelford.

Thomas Blossom

Thomas Blossom was one of the founding fathers of America. Thomas and Anne Blossom were among the first Puritan settlers in New England. He was born in Little Shelford around 1580.

His American descendants include former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.


Edward Maitland, from Little Shelford, was on the first east/west airship flight (above) across the Atlantic in 1919.

Little Shelford history book re-published

Around 100 years ago, Fanny Wale wrote and illustrated a book

called A Record of Shelford Parva. It was the first dedicated history book of Little Shelford.

The book includes colour and black and white paintings, drawings and photos of Little Shelford in the 19th and early 20th century. The book was never published and the only copy is kept in the Cambridgeshire Archives.

The beautiful book was re-published in 2013 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Excerpts of A Record of Shelford Parva are featured on this website.

It mentions former England football captain Arthur Dunn, famous garden designer Lawrence Johnstone and war hero Sid Dockerill.

Reprints of A Record of Shelford Parva are available for £30 from davidm1961@gmail.com

World War One manoeuvres

This photo of All Saints Church in Little Shelford dates from the 1860s. You can see more photos of the Church here.

Edward VII in Little Shelford

A book including details of Edward VII's visit to Little Shelford has emerged.

Arthur Dunn

This is what Winners Chinese takeaway in Little Shelford used to look like when it was known as the Chequers public House. You can see more old pub photos here.

All Saints Church

World War One manoeuvres by troops in Little Shelford have been highlighted in a new book. Read more about Little Shelford's links with World War One.

Fanny Wale photo emerges

The first photo of Little Shelford village historian Fanny Wale has emerged.

Battle of Arras commemoration

One of the first true stars of our national football team lived in Kirby Lodge in Little Shelford and is buried at All Saints Church, in Little Shelford.

Arthur Dunn captained England, gaining four caps and scoring two goals. He also played in two FA Cup finals, becoming a byword for sportsmanship.

Sycamore House

This is what the former Sycamore House restaurant in Little Shelford used to look like when it was known as the Prince Regent pub. You can see more old pubs photos here.

Little Shelford School

A special peel of bells was rung on April 23 2017 to mark the death of Ernest Meadows in the Battle of Arras.

Old house mystery

This was one of the buildings that has been used as school in Little Shelford over the years. You can see more here.

Little Shelford Memorial Hall

The mystery of a house that was due to be re-built in Shelford 50 years ago has re-emerged.

Shelford painting mystery

This is what the Little Shelford Memorial Hall used to look like before it was rebuilt in 2000. You can see more photos of the hall here.

The grave of a Little Shelford soldier has become a shrine in India. And an article based on his diary and his accounts of battles in Indian in the 19th century has just been published for the first time. His two daughters (pictured) escaped from the Indian Mutiny with their mother hidden in a cart pulled by bullocks.

Hauxton Road in 1906

There is a mystery surrounding 2 Egyptian paintings by a member of the Wale family.

Grave becomes a shrine

See more Hauxton Road, Little Shelford photos here.

Little Shelford 103 years ago

A transcription of the 1911 Census in Little Shelford is now on the website. It includes a baker and a blacksmith and five young men who would lose their lives a few years later in the Great War.

1812 Map of Little Shelford

A photo showing a partial village green in Little Shelford at the corner of Church Street and Manor Road 100 years ago has emerged. The photo was probably copied by Fanny Wale for her book, A Record of Shelford Parva. See more old photos here.

New spitfire hero book

A new book featuring Little Shelford spitfire hero James Coward has been published. Australian Eagles tells the stories of five Australian pilots and one adopted Australian who successfully helped to defend Britain against the Luftwaffe onslaught.

Published by Barrallier Books, Australian Eagles is a limited edition of 500 numbered and signed copies. Alexander Fax Booksellers specialises in Australian military history books. Total UK price for the book and post is approx £35.26. You can order it here

Third Sea Lord lived in the village

It has emerged that Sir Charles Daniel, Third Sea Lord, who was involved in the surrender of the German fleet in 1918, lived in Little Shelford for over 20 years.

Little Shelford medal sold

A map of Little Shelford more than 200 years old has just been published on the website.

1851 Census

Census details from Little Shelford in 1851 have now been added to the site.

Village green 100 years ago

The Military Cross won by John Pares Wilson from Little Shelford has just changed hands on Ebay for over £1,000.

Rare drawing emerges

A drawing of All Saint's Church in Little Shelford with Camping Close in the foreground drawn by the Cambridgeshire artist Osbaldeston around 1850 has just been shared by historian Mike Petty.

Can you solve a mystery?

This is what The Navigator pub in Little Shelford used to look like when it was known as the Plough. You can see more old pub photos here.

Lawrence Johnston was an influential garden designer and plantsman who created the world famous gardens at Hidcote in the Cotswolds. Lawrence studied in Little Shelford before and after he was a student in Cambridge. Lawrence created Hidcote after his mother Gertrude Winthrop bought the 300-acre estate

The Navigator

Alfred Rayner and grandaughter Blanche Potter are pictured outside Rosemary, High Street, Little Shelford in 1932. Do you have any information on the Cracknell family who lived in Garden Fields in 1930s?. Blanche Downing nee Potter came to a history open day trying to discover why her family moved from London to Shelford in 1930s.

Lawrence Johnston