Haddenham

Church End Green is the focal point of the village. It was the Saxons who built a church by the side of the green, so maybe we owe this lovely "scene to Hadda the Saxon thane. It is thought the name of the village came from 'Hadda's Hame' becoming Haddenham. The church as we know it today was built about 1215, at least it was begun then, the Lady Chapel being the oldest part. In 1295 Edward I granted Haddenham a Charter to hold a weekly market and annual fair. The weekly market has long since gone but we still celebrate our Haddenham Feast with an open-air service and a fair in late September every year. Once it was the high spot of the year when a day's holiday was given to all the farm workers (the only holiday other than Christmas Day) and sons and daughters from miles around came home for the fun.

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Education Provision 1833

Haddenham Parish (Pop. 1,484)

Two Daily Schools, containing 46 males, who are instructed at the expense of their parents.


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Notes on Haddenham

Description of Haddenham from J. J. Sheahan, 1861.

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