According to the Gesta Herewardi, Hereward was exiled at the age of eighteen for disobedience to his father and disruptive behaviour. He was declared an outlaw by Edward the Confessor. At the time of the Norman invasion of England, he was still in exile in Europe, working as a successful mercenary for the Count of Flander, Baldwin V. According to the Gesta he took part in tournaments in Cambrai. At some point in his exile Hereward is said to have married Turfida, a Gallo-Germanic woman from a wealthy family in Saint-OmerSaint. She is said in theGesta to have fallen in love with him before she met him, having heard of his heroic exploits.
The History Box
This is a new addition from us to the community. It involves making up a box with original items, information and artefacts relating to a particular period in History, Soham based themes, past memories or things of national historical importance and interest.
Our first History boxes were based on '1940/50's memories' and 'the Stone Age'.
So if you are interested, please contact us via this website or our facebook page (inbox us). There is a small charge of £10 for each box which covers delivery to you and subsequent pick up with associated printing and/or copying costs included in the price.
(Please note that all items must be returned in the box and in the same condition in which they were lent to you from Soham Heritage and Tourism).
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We are so pleased to be forwarding connections with Wicken Windmill. Here is a link to the mill archive site:
Below is a link to a BBC Radio broadcast the Martin sister's did for us in readiness for the Soham WW1 Centenary Commemoration, as committee members. It tells the story of the late Joshua Martin and his time during the war and his life at The Red Lion Pub in Soham.
Joshua Martin interview