Dry Drayton Local History
This is the start of our history pages. If you are interested in an overall history of Dry Drayton, there are two publications you need to find. These are: Gallows Piece to Bee Garden, a Millennium History of Dry Drayton, Dry Drayton 2000, 2000, and the much rarer History and Natural History of the Parish of Dry Drayton by Rev F.A.walker, 1876.
The Victoria County History is now available online. This link takes you to Vol 9 for Cambridgeshire and this link will take you to the introductory material on the history of Dry Drayton, from which you can access the other articles on the village.
Unique Material On This Site
We will be bringing you some original material here in due course in the form of the Dry Drayton Chronicle, a transcript of items about the village taken from the local press during the 18th and 19th Centuries. We are extremely grateful to Jo Hobbs for transcribing all this material in 1983 from the Cambridge Chronicle and to Chris Jakes and the staff of the Cambridgeshire Collection for further copying. Transposing this again to this web site will be a long and tedious occupation. If you would like to assist with any of the keying of the material or in any further historical research, then please contact the webmaster.
We will also be bringing you some samples of oral history material collected and recorded by Alec Hawkes. We are open to other ideas, submissions etc - please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Those interested in researching the history of our place will want to use the following collections and organisations:
- The Cambridgeshire Collection, Lion Yard Cambridge, Tel 0845 045 5225, open Monday to Friday 9am - 7pm and Sat 9am - 5.30. The Cambridgeshire collection houses local newspapers, directories, books, maps, photos, illustrations and ephemera.
- Cambridgeshire County Record Office, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge, Tel 01223 717281, open Tuesday to Thursday 9am - 12.45 and 1.45 - 5.15, Friday 9am - 12.45 and 1.45 - 4.15 and Tuesday evenings strictly by appointment 5.15 - 9.00pm. The record office houses all local manuscript records, copies of the census returns, maps, books, directories, photographs and much more.
- Cambridgeshire Family History Society www.cfhs.org.uk and the UK family history gateway The Genealogist's Internet, www.spub.co.uk/protgi/index.html
- Dry Drayton on British History online
- Roll of honour - Dry Drayton casualties from World War I and World War II
- Dry Drayton on the Cambridgeshire History site
- Silk family history site - a family connected with the village