infobox UK place
country = England
population = 206 (2001)
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= South Cambridgshire
postcode_district = CB23
Madingley is a village near Coton and
Dry Draytonon the western outskirts of Cambridgein the United Kingdom. The village's former public house, "The Three Horseshoes", is now a good-quality restaurant though it still has a bar that serves beer. The village has an independent pre-preparatory school which caters for reception to year-two students. The village's community spirit is exemplified by the yearly quiz. There is also a village church, which still takes services weekly.There is a B&B at Beck Brook Farm.
The village is home to
Madingley Hall, which was built by Sir John Hynde in 1543 and occupied by his descendants until the 1860s. It is surrounded by parkland. It was the residence of his descendants until the 1860s. Queen Victoriarented the Hall in 1860 for her son Edward (the future King Edward VII) to live in while he was an undergraduate in Cambridge University. The family sold the Hall in 1871.
The lake in the grounds is home to a variety of wildlife. The rare
black squirrelhas been spotted in the area and even red kites have been mentioned as being spotted by locals.
The Hall and its surrounding park and farmland have been owned by the
University of Cambridgesince 1948.
Madingley in Poetry
Despite being well known for its beauty, poet
Rupert Brookeonce said in his poem "Grantchester"::'And things are done you'd not believe:At Madingley on Christmas Eve.'
He said this because he was writing about Grantchester, a nearby village, and, despite never having visited the beautiful Madingley, made up a false accusation.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
A cemetery and chapel dedicated to American servicemen opened in 1956, on the southern edge of the village beside the road from Cambridge to
St Neots. The 30½ acres were donated by the University of Cambridge.
3812 American military dead are buried in the cemetery. In addition, the names of 5127 are inscribed on the "Wall of the Missing", Americans who lost their lives but whose remains were never recovered or identified. Most of these died in the
Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945)or in the strategic air bombardment of Northwest Europe during World War II.
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