BEGAN LONG, LONG AGO
William the Conqueror’s record of the land he acquired at the Battle of Hastings includes Wood Ditton, as it was originally known, although much of the history in the village takes life from the 17th Century.
Despite only being 3.5 miles from Newmarket, it is likely that Wood Ditton missed out on the relative economic boom following King James I’s visit to the town in 1605. At this time the town boasted a dozen “inns” for its resident community of 275! The village was largely dependent on agriculture until the mid-19th century, when Woodditton Stud was established (1851) – one of the greats, Pinza (1953 Derby winner) was bred there, stood there and is buried in the Cherry Tree Lawn.