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.
Soham (Old and New)
Picture: Brook Dam.
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2017 will see some special events coming your way and another open day following on from the success of lasts years. More details can be found via our Events page on this website.
- The English Civil War - The Puritans
- A Soham Mans War WW1
- The Romans
- The Anglo Saxons
- The Victorians
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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