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Rampton, Cambridgeshire

Rampton is a small south Cambridgeshire village set on the edge of the Fens less than 10km north of Cambridge and sites at 5m OD on Kimmeridge Clay to the south and east and Ampthill Clay to the north and west. The village today is nucleated with settlement spreading out from a central triangular village green. The name Rampton appears in the Domesday Book as Rantone to likely mean ‘farmstead where rams are kept’.

The castle at Rampton dates from the anarchy period between King Stephen and Queen Matilda during the mid-12th century, and was built as part of a series of fortifications along the fen edge, but was never completed. The earthwork remains still visible today are located to the north east of the current village and north of Church End.


Local Information Websites

Rampton Village Website

Fen Edge Archaeology Group

British History Online

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