Reach, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0JJ
Date of visit: 18th July 2021
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Reach is a small village and civil parish on the edge of the fenland in East Cambridgeshire, England at the north end of Devil’s Dyke, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Burwell.
Reach was an important economic centre in early Anglo-Saxon and Viking times. Goods were loaded at its common hythe (wharf) for transport into the fen waterway system from at least 1100. Reach was a significant producer of clunch, a chalky stone; a new wood has been planted on the old clunch pits, where chalky cliffs are visible from early quarrying. Reach’s use as a port continued until about 200 years ago.
The village is the scene of the Reach Fair, one of England’s oldest festivals. The Fair was originally held annually at Rogationtide (which replaced the pagan festival of May Day), and is now held every May Day Bank Holiday. Officially run by the Cambridge Corporation, and opened annually by the Mayor of Cambridge, it has been an annual event for over 800 years since receiving its charter in 1201 from King John.
Listed Status Historic England Reference 1275788 listed 20/05/1988
Phone Number (if known) 01638 741488
Location – Northing & Westing 52°16’18.7″N, 0°17’38.8″E
Location – Plus code: 9F42457C+9W
Location – what3words: dimes.goose.educated
Location – Grid Reference TL 56627 66225
Location – OS X & Y: 266225, 556627
Location – Latitude & Longitude: 52.271871, 0.294111
Location – UK Postcode: CB25 0JJ