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Request for Information - wartime aircraft crash
We have received a request from a local historian who is trying to find out about a fatal wartime aircraft crash near the village. This was in August 1942. A Stirling bomber, returning from a training flight to RAF Bourn, came down short of the runway with engine trouble "1.5ml NE of the airfield" ... this would be roughly between Bourn and Dry Drayton. The event doesn't seem to appear in any of the established WW2 air accident databases or in the local press. Have you ever heard this mentioned anywhere by anyone who lived in the village at the time? Any information please contact webmaster@drydrayton.net


Village History Quiz

How well do you know your village?


Village Memories - a new publication     

We are most grateful to Chris and Gill Turner for putting together a series of Memories of Dry Drayton from some past residents. These are primarily the memories of Sid Martin, with additional contributions from Joy Dunn, Folly Rook, John Hacker and Dryton. Most of Sid’s memories were typed for him by his niece, Gillian Turner, nee Bilton. Gill’s husband Chris has complied these memories from her files and from copies of Dry Drayton Village Newsletters held in the Cambridgeshire Collection at the Central Library, Cambridge. Use this link to download Memories of Dry Drayton (40 page 1Mb pdf).

Dry Drayton Methodist Church, Centenary
A booklet on the history of Dry Drayton Methodist Church 1866-1966, kindly loaned by Robert and Linda Hacker (Download 10 page .pdf)

Dry Drayton Chronicle, 150 years of local news   

The Dry Drayton Chronicle, is a listing of over 700 items about the village, which appeared in local newspapers, mainly the Cambridge Chronicle, from 1774 to 1920. We are extremely grateful to the following for their help and support in completing this project: Jo Hobbs, Marie Whittick, Mike Petty, Chris Jakes and the staff of the Cambridgeshire Collection. This link will take you to the Dry Drayton Chronicle and the Index to the Dry Drayton Chronicle

Who lived in Dry Drayton in 1881, 1891 , 1901, 1911 and 1939 ?

Download a spreadsheet with the 1871 census return for Dry Drayton - 477 individuals in 116 households New

Download a spreadsheet with the 1881 census return for Dry Drayton - 374 individuals in 90 households   

Download a spreadsheet with the 1891 census return for Dry Drayton - 345 individuals in 89 households.

Download a spreadsheet with the 1901 census return for Dry Drayton - 323 individuals in 82 households
Download a spreadsheet with the 1911 census return for Dry Drayton - 440 individuals in 104 households.
Download a spreadsheet with the 1939 Register returns for Dry Drayton - 417 individuals in 126 households.   
These will give you a taste of the type of material available to family historians online.

Dry Drayton Photographs

Use this link if you wish to see images relating to Dry Drayton History from Flickr.com

Use this link to see images relating to Dry Drayton in general from Flickr.com

Old photos of Dry Drayton folks from a Cambridge Studio    NEW

History of Dry Drayton Village Hall and the village Reading Rooms

A history of the Village Hall by John Hacker and Cinnamon Bair

A history of Dry Drayton's Village Reading Rooms    


Beating the bounds

Alec Hawkes has introduced an annual walk around the Parish Boundary, continuing a longstanding tradition to pass on, by word of mouth, important historical information about our place. You can read about it here.
This link will take you to information about the 2021 Boundary Walk. Short videos on the 2021 walk can be found on Youtube. The first is a standard video featuring footage from Adrian Bennetton and slides from Cinnamon and Alec and entitled Dry Drayton Boundary Walk 2021 full version: https://youtu.be/PXwJhs6ahFs. The second is a 3D version (viewable in 360 degrees) with footage just from Adrian and entitled Beating The Bounds in 3D: https://youtu.be/y-PRcPs-BE8.

We need your help

Have you got any old photos of Dry Drayton you are willing to share ? Here is how you can help

Do you recognise any locations mentioned in the newspaper reports ? Here is how you can help


Local Families looking for information and contacts

This link will take you to a page relating to the history of families with local Dry Drayton connections.


Resources available to you from home    

During the current pandemic, Cambridgeshire Libraries have made Ancestry.com, the huge genealogical database, available to readers free of charge to use from home. The normal annual subscription is over £100. Archives from The Times and Guardian are also available free. So now might be a good time to start to research your family tree or other local history project. This link will help you find your way into the system - you will need your Cambridgeshire library card and PIN.


If you want to find out more

If you are interested in an overall history of Dry Drayton, there are two publications you need to find. These are: Gallows Piece to Bee Garden, a Millennium History of Dry Drayton, Dry Drayton 2000, published 2000, and the much rarer History and Natural History of the Parish of Dry Drayton by Rev F.A.Walker, 1876.


If you are interested in tracing your family history you will find membership of the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Family History Society very useful They have extensive online resources and can offer free help and advice from fellow enthusiasts www.cfhs.org.uk.

The Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Family History Society have transcribed the Dry Drayton parish registers: all the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages and Burials 1564-1959 - you can get these for just £9.60 as a download or on a CD (also included are transcripts from Knapwell 1598-1959).


The Victoria County History is now available online. This link takes you to Vol 9 for Cambridgeshire and this link will take you to the introductory material on the history of Dry Drayton, from which you can access the other articles on the village.


Those interested in researching the history of our place will want to use the following collections and organisations: