Ramsey is one of several small market towns in Cambridgeshire, England. The town itself is about nine miles north of Huntingdon. The Ramsey parish also includes the settlements of Ramsey Forty Foot, Ramsey Heights, Ramsey Mereside, Ramsey Hollow and Ramsey St Mary’s. So, basically, if it’s got Ramsey in the name, they’ll take it!
The town itself gradually grew up around Ramsey Abbey, which is an important Benedictine monastery. The town manor is built on the site of the ancient Abbey and is the seat of the Lords de Ramsey, major landowners in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. The remains of the Abbey are now home to part of the town’s secondary school.
While there was a Palaeolithic axe discovered in Victoria Road, it was considered merely a chance glacial find. Officially there is no record of prehistoric finds from the town. There are a few Roman remains, mostly limited to stray finds of pottery. Remains from early and middle Saxon remain elusive in Ramsey. You can still enjoy a walk among the rural area and enjoy a vape in town while visiting if you’d like. In fact, why not go to one of the four Medusa Juice shops in the area. You can choose from the kiosk in the King’s Lynn bus station or the first ever Medusa Juice Vape Shop in town. If you would like, you can also go to either or both shops in Norwich or Peterborough.
Most of the early history of the Ramsey is obscure. The Domesday Book of 1086 does not mention it at all. Which may be due to it either being part of Bury or because it belonged to the abbey which enjoyed royal privileges. It isn’t the first time we’ve seen important information left out due to a royal wish.
The Middle Ages saw Ramsey remain a small market town serving the abbey. Its original settlement more than likely developed outside of the abbey. And most likely along Hollow Lane. By the year 1200, the town had grown enough to be granted a weekly market. This was held at the junction of High Street with the Great Whyte and, later, an annual fair.
Properties along Great Whyte appear to represent the post-Mediæval development of the town. Like a great many of these smaller towns, archaeological excavations have shown that this area was wet during the mediæval period due to the presence of the fen. There was a fire in Little Whyte in 1636. The fire destroyed some fifteen tenements at that time.
Garden Produce was the main source of commerce during the mediæval economy. This was augmented by both the cloth trade and alehouse keeping. Fisheries were also important in helping the community expand. Livestock was also important and still is centuries later. Most of the goods were shipped via the Fen waterways. This is a fertile area and to this day, it’s filled with charm and another great place to spend a day or two. It certainly gives off an air of restfulness and tranquility, which are so important in these days of run, run, run.
Some of the sites you may want to enjoy while in Ramsey include the Ramsey Rural Museum.
Show your children how people lived in rural Cambridgeshire in days gone by. Enjoy the lovely atmosphere of a quaint 17th-century village in the countryside with its recently reconstructed farm buildings. You’ll be surprised how relaxed you’ll feel after a peaceful afternoon in this old-timely little museum.
The Ramsey Rural Museum offers its own storytime with the kids. Each item in the museum has a personal story to tell. From old farm machinery, to ancient cobblers’ shops and pharmacies, to World War II exhibits. You will find yourself totally captivated by the history behind these objects.
You will also find an exhibit which looks at local legends and folklore. The staff is well informed and can answer any of the questions you or your kids may have.
Take the opportunity to peek into the town’s family history and don’t forget to browse through the museum’s extensive archives. Once you dive into the paperwork, maps and photographs, there’s no telling what you’ll be able to find!
Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a family meal outdoor and your favourite e-liquids so you can vape. Ramsey Rural Museum is in rural Cambridgeshire, after all – it would be a shame to not enjoy the delicious scent of your favourite Medusa Juice e-liquids!