Chesterford History & Archaeology Society

Exploring our two thousand year history.

Experience the Past. Understand the Present.

The Chesterfords comprise two English villages in northern Essex, bordering southern Cambridge. Situated on the River Cam, approximately ten miles south of Cambridge and four miles north of the bustling market town of Saffron Walden.

The Chesterford History & Archaeology Society is interested in the Chesterfords’ two thousand-year history and what influences have shaped the way we live today.

Our Society arranges talks, encourages research and discussion in a friendly environment.

We also have junior members to develop their archaeological skills and an awareness of their historic environment.

Princess Anne, Coutry Club


Bishops House, the imposing private residence located behind All Saints Church was in its time the home of well-heeled Great Chesterford vicars, then a ‘crammer’ school for upper-class university applicants and during the 1980s a Country Club.

This photograph is from the Visitors’ book from the Country Club and shows the signatures of Princess Anne and her then husband Captain Mark Phillips, signed on March 31st, 1987 while attending the opening of the new Swayne Adeney luxury leather goods factory on School Street.

For further details of the history of Bishops House, search ‘Country Club’ in the Archive.

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