Haddenham village sign
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Haddenham is a village and civil parish in Cambridgeshire, England. In the 2001 census the parish had a population of 3,228. The 2011 census reported a population of 3,344, a figure which includes the hamlet of Aldreth.
The Archaeology Data Service reports Iron Age features such as ditches and possible roundhouses. Historical records of a Saxon ecclesiastical manor suggest Haddeenham was a settlement in Saxon times. Nine Anglo-Saxon graves were discovered next to the Three Kings pub.
During the Second World War, Haddenham was a Starfish bombing decoy site, both K-type (day) and Q-type (night), which were used to divert German bombing away from RAF Bomber Command's nearby airfields.
Haddenham has shops in the High Street, and two public houses (The Three Kings and The Cherry Tree), a beauty salon, GP's surgery, art gallery, a village hall known as the Arkenstall Centre, and a library that has been volunteer-run since 2003.
Bus services run to the cathedral city of Ely, approximately 6 miles (10 km) north-east of the village.
For over 40 years the village has hosted a Steam Rally, which attracts more than 20,000 visitors. The rally, with over 700 exhibits, is held in early September and raises money for local causes and charities. In 2013 it celebrated its 40th anniversary.
The annual village open day was 'Blossoms & Bygones', a Haddenham local and visitor attraction held until 2013. The event also covered the neighbouring hamlet of Aldreth and included tractor rides around the village, tours of the windmill and orchards, vintage car and tractor displays and open private gardens. In 2011 it held its 40th anniversary event, with a VE Day theme and villagers in 1940s costume. Blossoms and Bygones has now been replaced by the Aldreth Vintage Fair.
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