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Little Shelford village sign and village green

Little Shelford’s village green, which features the village sign, is believed to be one of the smallest in the country.


The initial idea to create a village green came from the Little Shelford History Society in 2012. The Green became reality in 2015.


The Society leafleted all 300 homes in the village about the proposals. There were 31 responses. The majority of responses were in favour of the green. 

The green is at junction of Church Street and Manor Road. It is also the home for the new village sign as part of a wider village-wide history project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 


The Parish Council invited Ray Saich and Robin Fox from the History Society along with Neil Ruffles, as chairman of the village design group, to work with Parish Councillors Tim Leech and David Martin to together decide what should be included on the sign informed by the views of villagers that it should have fewer features than the ideas shared around previously.


They decided the sign should include:


  • The Wale Memorial

  • The River

  • The Church

  • The Celtic cross

  • Rope

  • The Manor House

  • The village hall

  • An Apollo rocket

  • A Nobel peace prize medal.

The sign was designed and created by Allen Boothroyd and installed in 2015.


The village-wide history project began in 2011. It started out as a bid to re-publish a 100 year-old book about the village. Fanny Wale wrote and illustrated a book called A Record of Shelford Parva about the history of Little Shelford. The book includes colour and black and white paintings, drawings and photos of Little Shelford in the 19th and early 20th century. The book was never published and the only copy is kept in the Cambridgeshire Archives.

The book was published with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.


The Heritage Lottery Fund also paid for the village’s first history website,  the development of a history trail and the creation of the new village sign.





Village green and village sign timeline

Summer 2012

Idea to re-create village green proposed by the Little Shelford History society.

Autumn 2012

Proposal to create a village green as the new home for the new village sign shared in a one-off letter to every household in the village.

November 2012

84% of villagers support the proposal.

January 2013

Little Shelford parish Council agrees to support the idea in principle and support the history society.

Spring 2013

Pupils at Great and Little Shelford School create their versions of the sign to inspire the designer.

Summer 2013

Planning permission for new village sign granted by South Cambridgeshire District Council

Autumn 2013

Ray Saich and Robin Fox from the History Society along with Neil Ruffles, as chairman of the Village Design Group, work with Parish Councillors Tim Leech and David Martin and villager Allen Boothroyd meet to decide what should be included on the sign following dozens of suggestions from across the village.

December 2013

Villager Allen Boothroyd designs and creates the new sign.

April 2014

South Cambs District Council gives £1200 Community Chest grant for removal of the tarmac

September 2015

The go ahead for the village green is given by Little Shelford Parish Council.


The new sign and village green were unveiled by MP Heidi Allen

History project summary


The history project was a joint venture between Little Shelford Parish Council and the History Society and was part of the ‘Bringing Little Shelford Alive’ lottery funded project. The Heritage Lottery Fund gave a grant of £7,000 to help pay for;

· Re-publishing new copies of the Fanny Wale book A Record of Shelford Parva

· Creating a heritage trail to celebrate the history of Little Shelford

· Creating a dedicated village history website

· Transcribing the Little Shelford 1911 census

· Creating a village sign and village green with pupils and staff from Great and Little Shelford School based on episodes from Little Shelford’s history.

The village sign was opened by MP Heidi Allen in 2017

sign p.PNG

Other sections on the Little Shelford history website

The first history book about Little Shelford

Little Shelford's historical photos

Little Shelford's historical buildings

Famous people from Little Shelford's history

The history of Little Shelford

The archaeology of Little Shelford

Little Shelford in World War One

Old maps featuring Little Shelford

Old censuses from Little Shelford

Family trees with Little Shelford connections

Graveyard inscriptions from Little Shelford

Historical memories from Little Shelford

Historical stories from Little Shelford

Memories of old Little Shelford

The story of Little Shelford's village sign

Books about Little Shelford's history

Little Shelford's historical heritage trail

Other sources of information about Little Shelford's history

About Little Shelford and its history

The Little Shelford Local History Society

Website contact details

Other sister community websites


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