- Womens Institute - April 2017
- Parish Council Finances - March 2017
- Parish Council Extra-ordinary Meeting March 2017
- Spring Litter Pick - Result
- Parish Council Minutes March 2017
- Extra-ordinary Parish Council Meeting March 11th 2007
- Hundred Parishes Society March 2017
- Womens Institute - March 2017
- Wenden Neighbours
- Mothering Sunday March 26th
- Thank you from Betty Newbold
- Village Notes - March 2017
- Great Chesterford & District Gardening Society March 2017
- Lent Groups
- Church Services - March 2017
- From Revd Jeremy Parsons - March 2017
- Parish Magazine Details
- Parish Council Agenda March 2017
- AGM - Wendens Ambo Parochial Council March 20th
- Parish Council Finances - February 2017
- New Tree on Wick
- Spring - Village Litter Pick
- Parish Council Minutes February 2017
- New Notice Board
- UDC - "Keep me posted" campaign
- Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator
- Lent and Easter at Wendens Ambo and Littlebury
- From Revd Jeremy Parsons - February 2017
- Great Chesterfield & District Gardening Society February 2017
- Attitude of Gratitude
- Village Notes - February 2017
- Hundred Parishes Society February 2017
- Womens Institute - February 2017
- Village Hall - Results from Christmas 2016
- Parish Council Agenda February 2017
- Play Park Extension - Proposed Locations
- Stansted Night Flights - Consultation
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Welcome to Wendens Ambo
Wendens Ambo is a small village of approximately 400 people originating from an ancient rural settlement that today is a thriving community in a unique location with excellent transport links.
It is set in attractive countryside approximately 2 miles south west of the pretty market town of Saffron Walden yet only 15 miles south of Cambridge and 40 miles north of London. The village has easy access to the M11 and the motorway network, its own mainline railway station named Audley End (Cambridge to London Liverpool Street) and is some 11 miles from Stansted airport.
Its unusual name originates from the joining of two villages, Great and Little Wenden to form Wendens Ambo meaning “both Wendens”.
The earliest signs of settlement are from the Roman period. Remains of a villa were found during an excavation in 1853 and finds of flint tools from 300-200BC suggest an even earlier settlement.
It is likely that the farming community of Wenden probably started around the sixth and seventh centuries, taking its name from the valley in which it lies: Wendene. The Domesday Book contains the first written account of Wenden Magna (Great Wenden) and Wenden Parva (Little Wenden). Wenden Magna was owned by Robert Gernon, a Frenchman who also had land in Stansted and Takely. Wenden Parva was also owned by a Frenchman, William de Warren. The Wendens passed through the Middle Ages as very ordinary English villages.
During the 17th century work began to rebuild the village dwellings, some of which are still occupied today. Also at this time, on the 23rd March 1662, Wenden Magna and Wenden Parva were joined to form Wendens Ambo.
The 18th and 19th centuries brought the industrial revolution and also the railway, providing opportunities for work elsewhere, contributing to Wendens Ambo becoming a commuter village for London and Cambridge.