- Parish Council Agenda Annual Parish Meeting May 8th
- Village Hall Committee AGM - Change of Date
- Speed and Safety on Wenden Roads
- Parish Council Minutes April 2017
- Access through Bear Walden Business Park
- Village Maintenance Work - April 2017
- Parish Council Finances - April 2017
- Big Thanks to Highway Rangers
- Parish Council Agenda April 2017
- Changes to Level Crossings in our Area
- Images - 2017 Village in Colour
- Spring brings Morel Mushrooms
- Hundred Parishes Society April 2017
- Village Fun Run May 1st 2017
- Wendens Ambo Society AGM June 9th
- Rogation Sunday May 7th
- Village Notes - April 2017
- Great Chesterford & District Gardening Society April 2017
- Five Church Services
- Church Services April 2017
- From Revd Tim Hardingham
- Cricket Club - Diary Dates 2017
- Highway Defects March 2017
- Fly Tipping - Wenden Road
- Essex Police Consultation
- Village Maintenance Work March 2017
- 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
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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.