PART 1 670 -1483AD.

TIMELINE PART 1.         670-1483AD

LAKENHEATH AND ELY ABBEY.

673                         Princess ETHELREDA founded a monastery for monks and nuns at Ely.

870                         Ely Abbey was sacked by the Danes (Vikings).

900                         There was a landing place here at the edge of the Fen (the Hythe).

1003 -1066       Lakenheath was given to the monks by Edward the Confessor.                                                 

1010                       The Battle of Thetford.  Vikings advanced into the wild Fens.

1061                        Pilgrimages to the shrine at Walsingham began.

1066                        Ely continued to hold the lordship of the village after the Norman Conquest.

1086                        The Little Domesday Book showed Lakenheath to be a large village of 24 households.

1109                        Ely Abbey became a cathedral and the monks began the re-building of  St. Mary’s Church.                                                                                                    

                                                              Read about Lakenheath and Ely Abbey.

13th. C. THE VILLAGE.

1201               Lakenheath’s first market was granted by King John.

1304               Warreners were employed to ensure the supply of rabbits to the Abbey.

1339               The vicar’s official seal was lost near the village.
 

                                                Read about the Village.

TROUBLED TIMES.

1349                 The Black Death.                                                                            

1379                 Fire in the Village.                                                                         

1381                 The Peasants Revolt in Lakenheath


                                                                     Read about Troubled Times
 

THE BEGINNINGS OF PROSPERITY.

1440                            Camping Close. 

                                         The Boy Bishop. A ‘fun’ tradition took place at Christmas time.

 1483                           William Lacy (Lacey), a wealthy villager’s gift to the Church.    
                                  

                                                                     Read about the Beginnings of Prosperity.

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