Villagers in Reach, Cambridgeshire, want to excavate an ancient port in their landlocked village

Reach Lode, Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV Anglia

It may look like a sleepy backwater, but the tiny Fenland village of Reach was once home to one of our region's most important ports.

See Kate Prout's report on Reach Port here

Since Roman times, boats from across Europe would pull up into Reach to load up on a local, chalk limestone known as clunch. It was used to construct buildings such as Ely Cathedral and some Cambridge colleges. And was also exported to Germany and Holland.

Locals want to excavate the area around the Lode to see if they can find the remains of the port and docks. If it can be turned into an Ancient Monument it would mean restrictions on developers building nearby.