Society’s new book features unseen photos of villages

Houghton and Wyton Local History Society members with the new book. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Houghton and Wyton Local History Society members with the new book. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Houghton and Wyton Local History Society has spent more than 10 years digging deep for interesting photographs and stories to create a new book, Discovering Houghton and Wyton.

Featuring previously unseen photographs, illustrations by Bill Sanderson and walking maps by Cambridge cartographer Jon Harris, the 160-page book itself is described as a ‘work of art’.

Chapters include information on the early history, village personalities, the river, the National Trust mill (once owned by Ramsey Abbey), plus a whole chapter about the history of RAF Wyton, a military airfield from 1916.

A team of history society members, including editors Gerry Feakes and Davina Scrivener, and project manager Julie Walker, produced the book.

Davina said: “This book is testament to the hard work of all the people who contributed and are passionate about bringing the past of our villages to life. They have helped us create a fascinating book that will shed light on the villages for many generations to come.”

The publication was made possible by grants from Houghton and Wyton Parish Council, the Goodliff Fund, the National Trust, Waitrose Community Fund, and society member and supporter donations.

The book launch was held at Houghton Mill on Tuesday. The book’s recommended retail price is £15 and will be available in local retail outlets including the village’s community shop, or online at

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