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For the Sanskrit word Soham


Soham is a small town in the English county of Cambridgeshire. It lies just off the A142 between Ely and Newmarket (Suffolk). Its population is 9,102 (2001 census), and it is within the district of East Cambridgeshire.


A monastery was founded here by Felix of Burgundy in the 6th century but this was later destroyed by the Danes.


The town narrowly escaped destruction on June 2, 1944, during the Second World War, when a fire developed on the lead wagon of a heavy ammunition train travelling slowly along the line through the town. The town was saved by the bravery of three railway staff, Ben Gimbert, Jim Nightall, and Frank Bridges, who uncoupled the rest of the train and drove the engine and lead wagon clear of the town, where it exploded, killing them but causing no other deaths. Although small in comparison to what would have happened if the entire train had blown up, the explosion caused substantial property damage. Gimbert and Nightall were awarded the George Cross.


Soham Village College is one of a number of secondary schools of a type unique to Cambridgeshire. It also includes a 12th century church - The cruciform church, which has a peal of ten bells.


In 2002/2003 Soham became the centre of international media attention due to the murder of two local schoolgirls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. Ian Huntley, a caretaker from the local college was later found guilty of their murders.


External link

  • Soham On-Line Community Website (http://www.soham.org.uk/index.htm) (used as a reference)

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Soham - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (501 words)
Soham is a small town in the English county of Cambridgeshire.
Soham Village College is one of a number of secondary schools of a type unique to Cambridgeshire.
A couple of hoards of bronze objects are found in the area of Soham, including one with swords and spearheads of the later Bronze Age as well as a gold torque (1938).
Soham - LoveToKnow 1911 (190 words)
SOHAM, a town in the Newmarket parliamentary division of Cambridgeshire, England, 5 m.
The road from Soham to Ely was constructed as a causeway across the fens by Hervey le Breton, first bishop of Ely (1109-1131).
The trade of the town is agricultural, fruit-growing and marketgardening being largely carried on in the vicinity.
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