Welcome. Firstly I want to say thank you for visiting, keeping this site up to date takes time and dedication. I work for the NHS during the week but I’ve also worked in the private sector. I also do voluntary work over the weekend.
I spent much of my early life growing up on the Laurel Farm estate and going to Eye C of E Primary School before moving onto Arthur Mellows Village College in the nearby village of Glinton. My grandparents had a shop on the corner of Clarence Road and Searjeant Street.
After reading a book about the village, Eye Life by the vicar at the time Philip J Randall, I was inspired. In the first paragraph, the reverend reports that a correspondent wrote, “You seem to have alighted on a village which has singularly little history” and until I’d read the book I probably would have agreed. This led me on a mission of discovery. From Heckington Windmill in Lincolnshire to the North Norfolk Railway to following the line of the old railway to Sutton Bridge I’ve spent many hours doing research and working on the site to make that heritage available to all, and there’s still lots more to discover. Research is all the more challenging because Eye only became part of Cambridgeshire in 1972, previously having been part of Northamptonshire.
With the recent growth in the village, I thought it was important to make the heritage more easily accessible. Having it locked away in a draw is really no good to anyone. Nearby Thorney has its own museum and society dedicated to its heritage, even close by Dogsthorpe has its own heritage website but since Eye History society was dissolved in 2009 Eye was seemingly lacking. More people than ever are using the internet either through a desktop computer or mobile device so it’s a great way to communicate. I hope you enjoy browsing the site and especially learning about the village’s history.