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Godmanchester's temple of the Sun

Reproduced with the kind permission of The New Scientist Magazine

Archaeologists digging away amid the gravel pits of Cambridgeshire have discovered what appears to be ancient Europe's most sophisticated astronomical computer

Almost 5000 years ago, people living just outside what is now Godmanchester, near Cambridge, built an impressive monument of banks, ditches and wooden poles covering some 7 hectares. The construction seems to have been designed primarily to predict the major events of the year-long solar cycle and the 19-year lunar cycle.

The complex-which probably functioned as some sort of temple involved with the worship of the Sun and the Moon-consisted of 24 wooden obelisks flanked by more than half a kilometre of banks and ditches arranged in the form of a giant trapezoid. Archaeologists say the site is unique.

Preliminary research has shown that pairs of key obelisks were aligned with all 12 major events in the solar and lunar cycles: the major and minor midsummer and midwinter moonrises and moonsets, and the midsummer and midwinter risings and settings of the Sun. Moreover, the temple faces the point on the ...

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With work soon to begin on the refurbishment of the Queen Elizabeth School, the Porch Museum’s last opening date for 2017 will be the 2nd July.  Unfortunately it will not be until  April 2018 when we are open again.

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The Chinese Bridge, originally designed and built by James Gallier Sn in 1827 and rebuilt a further three times due to age.

Buildings in Godmanchester, lost forever. If you have any photo’s of buildings that were demolished or maybe just fell down in Godmanchester and would like them featured on this site then please get in touch with us.

Godmanchester is an ever growing town. Buildings have been built and torn down, Public Houses opened and closed and Romans settled here over 2000 years ago.

The maps below will give you an insight to how things were in the past.

Godmanchester is an unusual town because many of the old families who have lived here for hundreds of years and whose ancestors are buried in the churchyard of St. Mary the Virgin, are still here. Markham, Arnold, Thompson and Mortlock are just a few of the many old names still represented here. In many cases we are recording not only memories of old Godmanchester from the vibrant and amusing senior members of these families, but through them the memories and experiences of their grandparents and great grandparents. This way there’s every hope that we can bring to the community through snatches of remembered anecdote, at least an echo of how it was to live in Victorian Godmanchester.