Revealed - the heritage sites in East Cambs that have been placed or remain on the ‘at risk’ register for 2015/16

Historic England, buildings at risk, settlement site south of Tiled House Farm, Stretham.

Historic England, buildings at risk, settlement site south of Tiled House Farm, Stretham. - Credit: Archant

A number of buildings and scheduled monuments in East Cambs at risk of being lost or damaged forever have be placed on the Heritage at Risk list for 2015/16.

They include a Roman site near Old Fordey farm in Barway and two, Grade II listed windmills in Soham.

Greg Luton, planning director for Historic England in the East of England said: “Historic mills help characterise our region and make it special, and are one of the types of heritage sites most at risk. If they’re lost, then a sense of an important part of the history is lost too.”

On the list are for East Cambs are:

A bowl barrow, 450 meters off Shelford Farm, Haddenham – at risk due to arable ploughing;


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Remains of All Saints church in Ashley - at risk of vandalism;

A long Barrow at Foulmire Fen 140 meters north-west of the junction of Back and Small Fen Drove, Haddenham – vulnerable because of arable ploughing;

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A Roman site near Old Fordey Farm Barway, Soham – at risk because of arable ploughing;

Two bowl barrows 370 meters and 505 meters south of New England, part of Haddenham round barrow cemetery – at risk from arable ploughing;

An oval barrow and round barrow at Small Fen, Haddenham – at risk from arable ploughing;

A round barrow at Small Fen, Haddenham – at risk from arable ploughing;

Three bowl barrows, part of Haddenham Round barrow – at risk from arable ploughing;

Roman Settlement, Lode – at risk from arable ploughing;

Northfield Windmill, The Shades, Soham - has machinery but cap is deformed, leaking and will not turn in the wind. Plans are in place to repair and get the mill mechanically sound, sails are also being repaired;

The church of St Peter, Church Lane Stetchworth – the church is suffering severe settlement, especially the north aisle wall which is pulling horizontally away from the aisle at floor level;

A long barrow at South Fen between Ditches Drove Sutton – at risk from arable ploughing;

Settlement site south of Tiled House Farm, Stretham – at risk from arable ploughing;

A long barrow 650 meters NNW of Lythel’s Farm, Swaffham Bulbeck – at risk from arable ploughing;

A long barrow 690 meters SSW of Stocking Drove Farm, Sutton – at risk from arable ploughing;

Downfield Windmill Fordham Road, Soham, is in need of general repairs and reinstatement of sails, as well as other missing parts of the structure. However all work is due to be completed this autumn.

Over the coming year, Historic England say they will also be working with local authorities to address common problems such as vacant and deteriorating buildings which are blighting the conservation areas.

A site removed from the register this year was a grade I medieval dovecote to St John’s Farm in Ely.

Following a grant from Historic England of £109,000 a new timber-framed roof was installed.

For the first time, Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage) has compared all types of heritage on its register to find out the types of heritage that appear the most; from domestic buildings to protected wrecks, archaeological ruins to industrial sites and places of worship.

Barrows, which are ancient burial mounds that cover the length and breadth of the country, are the most at risk making up 15.6 per cent of the register.

To search the register visit http://risk.historicengland.org.uk/register.aspx

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