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Foxhall back in the limelight

PUBLISHED: 04:56 20 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

AFTER years of being hidden in the shadow of the speedway track, the villagers of Foxhall are really trying to get themselves back in the limelight.

Resident of the low populated village got fed up with people thinking the village boundaries started and finished at the stadium and set about getting their existence highlighted.

AFTER years of being hidden in the shadow of the speedway track, the villagers of Foxhall are really trying to get themselves back in the limelight.

Resident of the low populated village got fed up with people thinking the village boundaries started and finished at the stadium and set about getting their existence highlighted.

In the last three years new road signs have been put up and the latest addition is a new village sign.

Designed and painted by Janice Murray and Peter Burman, the sign encapsulates the changing faces of the village over the centuries.

Taking prime position on the sign is of course the fox, as the name Foxhall means Fox's burrow.

There is also a monument which commemorates the Reverend George Routh who owned Low House, originally two cottages, which existed in the 1800's.

Although he was not Reverend for the parish he enjoyed living in the tranquil village which is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Hops were also grown in the village and in 1844 a beerhouse called The Waddling Duck stood in the village, which was said to be owned by Cobbolds.

Hop vines and a beer barrel appear in the background of the sign, along with tumuli, heather, trees and a furrowed field which depict the rural nature of the area.

Bob Brander, is a parish councillor who sits on the group council of Brightwell, Foxhall and Purdis Heath.

He said: "Foxhall is a huge area with just a few houses in it. We wanted to put some focus into the area.

"We are also hoping to build a website for the parish about the history of the place."

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