History of Christchurch

Recording the history of the village of Christchurch (originally Brimstone Hill) in Cambridgeshire

The Ark

Source – A Study of a Fenland Village

An unusual building in the centre of Christchurch, opposite the Church, is the Ark (Plate 6). When the church and rectory were being built, a small house was constructed for the workmen to live in, since their home was at Dereham, in Norfolk. This square wooden building became known as the Ark. It would appear that this building was originally on the same side of the road as the Church, and that it was moved, on rollers, to its present position opposite the Church, when it became the home of Nr. and Mrs. Hiam.

The Ark was still inhabited in 1972 when A Study of a Fenland Village was written, it is derelict, fenced off and the plot overgrown.