- Parish Council Agenda December 2016
- Christmas Events in December / January - Changed
- Public Meeting - Policing RE-ARRANGED
- Bus Route Safety Pruning
- Facebook Users - Groups for Village
- Christmas "Delivery Service" in Village
- Note about Parish News
- Womens Institute - December 2016
- Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter 33
- Village Treasure Hunt December 26th amended
- From CAB - Keeping Warm
- Village DIG - Wenden's history
- The Christmas Story in Wenden
- Church Services December 2016 amended
- Wenden Walks - update
- Village Notes - December 2016
- Details of Church's Employer Liability Insurance
- Diary Dates for 2017
- Black Friday - Fund Raising for the Church
- Comments on Proposed Play Park Extension
- Proposal to Parish Council Orchard in Chinnel Meadow
- Land adjacent to Station Road Wendens Ambo
- "Fly Tipping" - How to report an incident
- Play Park - Proposed Extension November 2016
- Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter 32
- Parish Council Finances - November 2016
- Parish Council Minutes November 2016
- Parish Council Agenda November 2016
- Christmas Recital December 10th
- Christingle Service December 11th
- Village Notes - November 2016
- Pre Christmas Party December 18th in Village Hall
- Stay Well This Winter
- Womens Institute - November 2016
- A Christmas Festive Evening December 11th
- From Revd Jeremy Parsons - November 2016
- Harvest Lunch Results
- Seeking information about Alice Clark
- Autumn Litter Pick - Result
- Advance Notice - Village Questionnaire
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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.