Situated between Cambridge and Royston in South Cambridgeshire, Shepreth is a small village with a long history. Fragments of Stone Age weapons and tools have been discovered near Shepreth, suggesting early habitation of the area. In the year 1086, the village was recorded as having 30 inhabitants, a number that has today grown to over 800.
The name Shepreth, means ‘Sheep Stream’, indicating a place where sheep were washed en route to the City of Cambridge. This practice continued into the seventeenth century, by which time a public house in The Plough’s current location had become a feature of the village. Records show that ‘The Plough Inn’ unfortunately burnt down in 1896 and was subsequently rebuilt in brick.
Throughout World War I, the Village Hall in Shepreth was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. The names of those who left the village to fight and die in both World Wars are inscribed on the War Memorial midway between the Hall and The Plough.
During the Second World War, The Plough itself was a known haunt for many of ‘the Few’ – the pilots who fought during the ‘Battle of Britain’ in 1940, who were based at nearby Duxford Airfield. Such was the reputation of the No. 19 Squadron of RAF Duxford that it had been the first to be equipped with the new Supermarine Spitfire planes in 1938.
The Plough continued to be a central community location for village life throughout the century. In late 2010 it was sadly closed down, but after dedicated campaigning by local people, The Plough reopened its doors under new ownership in July 2014.