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I decided my Shelswell Loop series of caches needed an extension loop, Starting and ending in the pretty village of Fringford going via the Shelswell Estate
PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE DOWN THE LANE TO THIS ONE AS IT IS PRIVATE, BUT PARK IN THE LAYBY AT NEWTON PURCELL AND WALK BACK
BRIEF HISTORY OF FRINGFORD
Fringford is an ancient site and seems to have been inhabited for most of the past 2000 years. The name is thought to mean "ford of the people of Fera", a Saxon tribe or family group, who were here well before the Norman Conquest. In 1993 traces of an earlier Romano-British settlement, from the late 2nd century to the 4th century, were found in Crosslands in the centre of the village. More recent evacuations in Farriers Close revealed a series of Iron Age Romano-British boundary ditches overlain by Saxon and medieval settlements.
Newton Purcell with Shelswell
The parish of Newton Purcell lies on the eastern boundary of the Shelswell benefice, on the A4221 between Finmere and Newton Morrell, which follows the line of the old Roman Way. The name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "ton", meaning a settlement, hence "new ton" is a new settlement.
Purcell was the name of the family who lived there during the middle ages and they were lords of the Manor of Newton Purcell for over four centuries and through thirteen generations
Although Shelswell still remains a distinct parish, the original church, dedicated unusually to St Ebba, fell into ruin during the 17th. century and it was in the 19th. century, for ecclesiatical purposes, that Shelswell was united with Newton Purcell.
For Civil and other purposes, it still stands alone.
PLEASE TUCK THIS ONE BACK IN ITS HIDEY HOLE AS ITS IN AN EXPOSED PLACE.
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