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VS#237 Oakington and Westwick

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Hidden : 02/19/2015
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Village signs is a series of caches based on the ornate signs that depict the heritage, history and culture of the villages that put them up (normally on the village green!).


Oakington, Westwick and the surrounding area have a rich and varied history dating back through the Norman, Saxon and Roman possibly to even earlier times. 

Both Westwick and Oakington grew up along the route of a possible roman road from Cottenham probably passing near to the current route of Water Lane then possibly Coles Lane and The Drift heading towards the Via Devana (in the Cambridge area more or less now the route of the A14).  It is believed that a roman villa or farmstead exists under the area currently occupied by the Oakington airfield

The Great Eastern railway came to Oakington and Westwick in 1847 with a station on their Cambridge to St Ives route. This line closed to passengers on 5th October 1970, but continued to carry freight, primarily sand from the St Ives area, until the mid-1990s.  The route of the railway has been recently converted into the Cambridge Guided busway.  A short length of the railway track was given to the village when the busway was built and is exhibited outside the sports pavilion. 

For more details about the history of Oakington and Westwick visit http://www.oakingtonandwestwick-pc.org.uk/page.php?id=18


If anybody would like to expand this series please do. I would just ask that you let Smokeypugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.

 

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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