Our Village Fen Drayton
Fen Drayton is a small village between Cambridge and St. Ives in Cambridgeshire between the villages of Fenstanton and Swavesey.
There are a number of farms in the village, some still active, the village has a primary school, village hall, tennis courts and football fields where Drayton Lions Football Club play their home matches and a church that is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.
The village is close to the A14, the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway and is on National Cycle Route 51.
RSPB Nature Reserve
Just north of the village is the Fen Drayton Nature Reserve, a 108-hectare (267-acre) reserve comprising four lakes formed from exhausted sand and gravel pits. It is a fantastic place to explore and watch birds with huge numbers of ducks, swans and geese on the lakes in winter. In summer, terns, hobbies and a variety of dragonflies are regularly seen. Otters also live here, but are rarely seen.
The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway
The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway passes through the reserve using part of the old Cambridge and Huntingdon railway. The guideway track now the longest in the world is made up of two concrete beams with kerbs and guide wheels on the bus connect with the kerb and run along it to steer the bus.
Stagecoach and Go Whippet are the two bus companies running services for the busway. Stagecoach takes environmental issues very seriously and all buses on routes A & B run on bio fuel.
This house which stood in Church Street opposite St Mary’s Church had a strong Dutch influence and was built in the early 1700’s. A fire in 1974 destroyed the original building and it was replaced with the building now standing on the site. It retains the original Dutch inscription above the front door “1713 NIETZONDERARBYT” which translates as “Nothing without work”.This is the family motto of Cornelius Vermuyden the Dutch engineer famous for his work draining the Fens.
This motto is incorporated into South Cambridgeshire District Council Coat of Arms and is the only Dutch motto in British Civic Heraldry.