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A Chronicle of Two Villages

In 1994, the Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth Local History Society (sadly no longer in existence) published a book called A Chronicle of Two Villages to celebrate the centenary of the formation of Bassingbourn Parish Council in 1894.  Many people in the village contributed to this work - some recognised, some not - and we thank them for this.  As with Wikipedia, occasional errors creep in when so many people make their own individual contributions but A Chronicle of Two Villages presents an interesting picture of life in Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth over the years.  It is reproduced here with kind permission.

seventeen taxis?

The first petrol-driven London taxi cabs were made by Heatley & Gresham in Bassingbourn.  Author David Hamdorff, originally a Bassingbourn resident, won a County Prize for his essay seventeen taxis? which was then published as a small book.  It is reproduced here with the kind permission of the author.

A Brief History of Kneesworth House and its Occupants

Kneesworth House is a large country house laying back from the Old North Road.  It was built in 1904-6 by Roland Plumbe for Lord Knutsford on the site of a previous house.  In 1948 it became an approved school for boys. Today it is part of a private hospital operated by Partnerships in Care. A Brief History of Kneesworth House and its Occupants is reproduced here by kind permission of Partnerships in Care and the author Robin Scott. 

The Fallen of Bassingbourn and Kneesworth

A booklet prepared for the World War 1 Centenary Armistice Commemorations held in Bassingbourn on 11th November 2018