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Arbury Road? No, Historically King's Hedges Was Elsewhere...

Ordnance survey map from circa 1900 - with field names and some modern landmarks penned in. Spot King's Hedges!

An email from Sam:

'I read recently that the hedges on the northern side of Arbury Road are the King's Hedges. Are they?'

Hi, Sam! No. The hedges on the northern side of Arbury Road are perfectly ordinary hedges. Up until the late 1970s, King's Hedges Road led north of the guided busway to a fifty eight plot called King's Hedges and is nothing to do with Arbury Road.

King's Hedges Road was redirected and hugely extended in the late 1970s as part of the A14 development and lopped off the original end of Arbury Road. 

It is likely that the name 'King's Hedges' came from hunting in the days of the old royal manor of Chesterton. A warren of hedges around the site of the original King's Hedges was used to trap and kill animals as prey for royal hunting sport - and these were known as the 'King's Hedges'.

As for the land north of Arbury Road, originally the fields were called Arbury or Harborough (a variation on Arbury) Meadows, North Arbury/Harborough Furlong, Arbury/Harborough Furlong, West Arbury/Harborough Corner, and, in the days of Manor Farm, two fields carried the Arbury name - Arbury (meadow), and Arbury Field - all references to the adjacent ancient earthwork at Arbury Camp Farm.

The modern King's Hedges is simply an electoral ward and an extended and vastly expanded road, on Arbury land.

We can assure you - there is nothing historically King's Hedges on Arbury Road.

We have addressed the issue of King's Hedges elsewhere on the blog in more detail - we recommend this post:


  1. I can't believe somebody thought there were 'king's hedges' in Arbury Road! There aren't even any 'king's hedges' in King's Hedges Road - the original - let alone the extension!

    1. A fair enough mistake though, Badger. This is what happens when people mistake inappropriately named council electoral wards for historic districts. The council can place half of Arbury Road in 'King's Hedges Ward', but that does not rewrite history and make the road (or the land beyond it) anything to do with King's Hedges historically.


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