The Hythe is managed by Reach Parish Council


•Lies at the northwest end of Fair Green
•Partly occupied by a disused sewage works built in 1968
•Site of an Anglo-Saxon and Medieval port
•Artificial promontory of compacted chalk projecting out into the fens
•Built on the site of a Roman dock
•Grassland and trees (0.6ha) surrounded on three sides by water
•Preserves peat dating to the Neolithic
•Beauty spot with views of Wicken Vision

 

Notable wildlife includes:
•Yellow Water-lily, Arrowhead and Marsh Marigold
•Willow Emerald Damselfly and Common Hawker
•Mute Swan, Kingfisher, Moorhen and Mallard

 

"The Hythe lies at the N.W. end of Fair Green. Before encroachment by houses, the green extended as far as the hythe. It consists of a parallelsided promontory of 1½ acres with a pointed N. end projecting into the fens, at the S. end of Reach Lode. It is 160 yds. long and 36 yds. wide, bounded on the W. by a watercourse 20 ft. wide, now a catch-water drain, and on the E. by a 15 ft. wide watercourse leading to a basin. The surface is flat, 3 ft. above the water level. During excavations for a sewage plant in 1968 it was shown to be constructed of some 4 ft. of rammed chalk rubble overlying peat and clay."

 

From British History Online

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/rchme/cambs/vol2/pp85-90

The Case for Recognizing and Preserving The Hythe, Reach, Cambridgeshire
This document authored by Dr Steve Boreham & Dr Charles Moseley sets out the case for recognizing and preserving The Hythe as a site or heritage and archaeological importance.
The case for Recognizing The Hythe.pdf
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Map of Historic Reach Port Map of Historic Reach Port
Aerial view of The Hythe Aerial view of The Hythe looking south
Willows at The Hythe View of willows at The Hythe
View of The Hythe View of The Hythe
Sunset from The Hythe Sunset from The Hythe
Mute Swan at The Hythe Mute Swan at The Hythe
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