Reconstruction paintings

This page features an on-going series of paintings of buildings in Gamlingay that no longer exist, and for which there is no photographic evidence.

Avenel's Manor 25 July 1956


Watermill illustration

Brook flowing normally

Brook diverted into moat

Water released from moat to drive mill

Merton Manor c1340

Merton College in Oxford owned this manor in Gamlingay from the middle of the thirteenth century, on the site of what is now Manor Farm, off Station Road. The bailiffs' accounts, which survive from 1279 to the 1360s, give a good idea of the buildings and equipment it possessed.
The small house to the left was where the manorial workers, known as the famuli, lived; the larger house to the right is the manor house; the tiled buldings by it are the kitchen, dairy and bakehouse. Behind the manor house is a large kitchen garden.
At the top right is the manorial fishpond. The large tiled building between the manor house and the house of the famuli is the granary, standing on brick piers. The even larger tiled building to the left is for storing sheaves of corn prior to threshing.
In the foreground are various barns, stables, ox houses, pig pens and so forth. Behind and to the right of the gatehouse is a dovecote. The manor was surrounded by a thatched wall.

Saxon Burial

During 1997 archaeologists uncovered an Early and Middle Saxon farmstead dating roughly from the fifth to the eighth century, and a Middle Saxon Christian cemetery. Altogether the cemetery contained 118 burials. The site was beside modern Station Road. This is my imaginative reconstruction painting
of one of those burials.

Saxon burial watercolour
Saxon Hall

Saxon Hall

One of the buildings uncovered on the site was identified as a Saxon hall, which may have looked something like this.