Rowley's Hill

Hilary Roadley with information from Rose Walston via Catey Bates

Oct 2015 view of Rowley's Hill from Shelford RD-London Rd junction

Oct 2015 view of Rowley’s Hill from Shelford RD-London Rd junction

Rowley’s Hill lies on Harston’s south-east boundary between Harston and Newton. A distinctive group of trees line it’s crown.

How did it get its name?

The Rowley family took over Harston Manor from 1843 and this hill was their land, so was it named after them?

Another explanation is that it was named after Charles II, whose nickname was ‘Olde Rowley’. The tale goes that he used to stay at Newton Manor where he stabled his horses and to strengthen their leg muscles he would ride up this hill, as there were no hills as steep in Newmarket.

Oct 2015 View east to old clunch pit on Rowley's Hill (

View east to old clunch pit on Rowley’s Hill

Much later on a clunch pit was dug to extract the chalk for building- clunch being the local name for this building material. The hole this left can clearly be seen from the A10 and looks a little like a bomb crater!

This page was added on 01/10/2016.

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