The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway linking St Ives, Cambridge and Trumpington opened on 7 August 2011. This blog is now closed to new posts and comments. It was set up for people who travelled the busway, either as bus passengers, or users of the cycle/footpath such as pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
The blog remains visible as a historic record. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the blog over the past decade.
Friday, 18 September 2015
Things you see from the Guided Busway
A memorial to a journey from Cambridge to Impington over 200 years ago.
From the Guided Busway you can see some things not
visible from elsewhere.
In a field to the north of the busway between Histon and the
Orchard Park turning there is this memorial.
Photo: David Parish, March 2015
Have you wondered what it is?
It remembers Elizabeth Woodcock, and her journey from
Cambridge to Impington in 1799 which took over 8 days.
Why did her journey take so long? And why should her memorial be in the middle
of a field?
On Saturday Feb 2nd 1799, Elizabeth Woodcock was returning
from Cambridge market, to her home at Impington, on horseback, in a snowstorm.
She was thrown from her horse, and unable to remount. Being shaken, and numbed
with cold, she took shelter under a hawthorn hedge, where she became completely
covered with drifting snow. On Sunday morning she heard the church bells, and
passers-by in the distance, but was unable to attract attention. On the Monday,
she made a hole in the snow above her head, and tied a red handkerchief on a
stick, and raised it as a flag. But she was not found until the next Sunday
when the Parish Clerk discovered her, and got help to rescue her.
A memorial stone was placed at the location where she was
buried under the snow. By 1849 it had become defaced by visitors carving their
initials on it, so a replacement was made, and is the one now seen.