Rampton In Literature

Our humble little village is mentioned in some books.

“Engleby” by Sebastian Faulks

Engleby
‘Let me come straight to the point’ said Bolton. ‘At approximately five o’clock on Sunday afternoon a member of the public walking his dog near the village of Rampton discovered what appears to be human remains.

Engleby tells the tale of a working-class boy who wins a place at an esteemed university and becomes a murder mystery after the disappearance of a girl at a nearby college. Read more on wikipedia …“Rampton” suited the geographical requirements of the story. It was near enough to Cambridge and had access to the countryside. I drove around a bit looking for likely candidates and Rampton was the most suitable place. Of course, Engleby is a work of fiction and I feel quite sure that nothing horrid ever happens in Rampton. It looks a charming village and I wish it and all its residents well with their festival

Sebastian Faulks

Tom Fletcher Trilogy (“Corn Dolls”, “Steel Witches” and “Cut Out”) by Patrick Lennon

CornDolls SteelWitches CutOut

She waited. On the skyline, the old Norman fortress called Giant’s Hill rose above the farmland around Rampton.

It begins for Tom Fletcher with what looks like a very bloody accident in a farm machinery showroom, and reaches back into the past – his own and that of the local police force – before slamming into the present with all the force of the most up-to-date criminal power in the world. Crackling with secrets and surprises, packed with haunting landscapes and haunted characters, freighted with the hot, thundery atmosphere of a Cambridge summer and the inevitable paying-out of past betrayals, “Corn Dolls” marks the arrival of a major new crime talent.“Rampton seemed a good location for these Corn Dolls scenes because of the comparative isolation, and the way the characters can stand out against the flat landscape. The presence nearby of the old Norman fort also brings in on of the book’s themes – a lingering folk memory of the Norman invasion.As a Cambridge by at heart, the Fens remain one of my favourite parts of the world. The three books in the trilogy – Corn Dolls, Steel Witches and Cut Out – all have this area as a setting.”

Patrick Lennon