Local History
Thursday January 28, 2021
  • Site last updated at 8:20pm on Sunday 24th January 2021.

Our "Local History" section of the website covers the HADRA area only (see HADRA Area map) and we are always keen to expand its content.

If you have any historical information, articles or photos relating specifically (and only) to the HADRA area that you would like to share here, we would welcome receiving them by email to our Secretary

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance provided by The Bourne Society, without whose invaluable information, the creation of a number of articles in this section would not have been possible.

Thank you.

This article lists some of the streets in our area, together with a few notes on the origin of the names.  The most common name source is a descriptive physical feature which was in evidence at the time the came came into being, or in memory of one that formerly existed.  Other sources are names of prominent people (especially landowners), fields, former estate or house names and contemporary events. 

The farms of the area, now no more, were situated either on the slopes of the dissecting valleys, or in the bottom of the valleys themselves avoiding the plateau.  As there is no flowing water in the district (only under exceptional circumstances does The Bourne flow at the surface), each farm had to sink its own well often to a depth of anything up to 200ft in order to reach the underground water level.

"The Asylum for Fatherless Children" was founded in 1844 by Rev. Andrew Reed, an English Congregational minister and hymn writer, who became a prominent philanthropist and social reformer.