Northstowe News

Archaeological investigations begin at Northstowe

Archaeologists have begun to delve into the history of the Northstowe site.

Following extensive research and geophysical surveys, the Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU) team has identified nine separate areas worthy of further investigation, spread across 37 hectares. They will be working at the site over the next 12 months, looking to uncover, excavate and record artefacts and other historic features.

This work represents a major step towards preparing the site for new development. One of the first places CAU will look at is the first new primary school site, and the archaeological work will help enable construction of the school to begin on time.

Prior to the clearance and excavation work for the archaeologists, an ecologist will be checking to ensure there are no breeding birds. Any nest sites and other habitats will be protected, and machinery will be excluded from any sensitive locations.

For health and safety reasons, Cambridgeshire County Council has agreed to divert the footpaths that currently cross the former golf course. A temporary footpath will continue to connect Station Road to Prentice Close and Magdalene Close in Longstanton. The diversion can be viewed on this map and runs down the west side of the former golf course.

CAU will host an open day later this year to display their findings, allowing visitors to find out more about the archaeology of the new town.  Until then  'Like' our Facebook page where further updated and photos will be posted as this work continues.


The first phase of new homes are being developed by Gallagher Estates and they are directing this piece of work.  For more info on this contact:

Andy Lawson, Projects Director (07973 368897) or Steve Sage, Contracts Manager (07870 976892) at Gallagher Estates or email:

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