With its choice of boutique and national shops, historic heritage, riverside walks and fun activities, Huntingdon is the perfect place to visit when looking for things to do. And soon you will have even more choice when Marks and Spencer Simply Food and Next open their doors in Chequers Shopping Centre.
Visiting markets include French and Italian Markets and exquisite craft markets. All year round there are periods of entertainment to keep the young at heart happy with the popular Christmas Lights event lighting up the town each November for the festive period.
Huntingdon is just one hour by train from London and sits directly off the A14 with links to Cambridge. So easy to reach, so wonderful to arrive.
In the period 1801 to 1901, the current town of Huntingdon consisted of four separate parishes: Huntingdon All Saints, Huntingdon St Benedict, Huntingdon St John and Huntingdon St Mary. The populations of these parishes were recorded every ten years by the UK census. During this time the combined population was in the range of 2,368 (the lowest was in 1801) and 4,735 (the highest was in 1891).
Stay and enjoy the sights in a choice of places to stay including The Old Bridge Hotel and The George Hotel, where each year the historic courtyard plays host to ‘Shakespearian theatre’ and plays by the Bard are enacted. Stroll at leisure the pedestrianised shopping centres and enjoy mix of independent and national brands amongst the shops, cafes and restaurants.
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Stay and enjoy the sights in a choice of places to stay in Huntingdon from The Old Bridge Hotel to the ‘Shakespearian theatre’ of The George Hotel. Stay a while and stroll at leisure the pedestrianised shopping centres and High Street at your leisure.
Other famous residents, past and present, include John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich (and the inventor of that staple foodstuff) and John Major who became the youngest Prime Minister of the 20th Century.
Part of the medieval infirmary hall of St Johns on the marketplace became Huntingdon Grammar School and was attended by Cromwell and diarist Samuel Pepys. The building is now the Cromwell Museum, run by Cambridgeshire County Council.
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The town lies on the north bank of the River Great Ouse, opposite Godmanchester and close to the market town of St Ives in the east and the village of Brampton in the west. Huntingdon now incorporates the village of Hartford to the east, and the developing areas of Oxmoor, Stukeley Meadows and Hinchingbrooke to the north and west.
The highest tier of local government is Cambridgeshire County Council, based in Cambridge. This provides county-wide services such as major road infrastructure, fire and rescue, education, social services, libraries and heritage protection. Huntingdon is one of the 60 electoral divisions, represented by two county councillors.
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Traditional markets are held every Saturday and Wednesday in the Market Square, with the popular Farmers’ Markets every other Friday and on the last Saturday of a five-week month. There is also a popular Crafts & Collectables Market every Friday in the town’s Commemoration Hall.
Huntingdon has three district wards of Huntingdon North, Huntingdon East and Huntingdon West for Huntingdonshire District Council. The ward of Huntingdon East is represented by three councillors and the other two wards each by two. The main offices for Huntingdonshire District Council are located in Huntingdon itself.
The absolute maximum recorded at Wyton was 35.4 °C (95.7 °F) during August 1990, although the temperature at Monks Wood rose to 35.1 °C (95.2 °F) during July 2006. Typically the warmest day will average 29.7 °C (85.5 °F), and 16.0 days a year will rise to 25.1 °C (77.2 °F) or above.
This quaint market town with charming churches, Cromwell museum and bustling markets, both traditional and farmers, offers you a warm welcome in an assortment of cafes, bars and restaurants.
From 1901, a census was taken every ten years with the exception of 1941 (due to the Second World War).
Once renowned for many more churches within the town, there are now four Church of England churches in Huntingdon, which together with the churches in the adjacent villages Great and Little Stukeley are members of the Huntingdon Team Ministry in the Diocese of Ely. The four churches are All Saints' (next to the Market Square), St Mary's (opposite Pathfinder House), St Barnabas (on the Oxmoor estate) and All Saints', Hartford.
Local Primary schools include Hartford Junior School, Huntingdon Primary School, Thongsley Fields Primary School, St John's Primary School, Stukeley Meadows Primary School and Cromwell Park Primary School. Special needs schools include Spring Common School. Secondary schools include St Peters and Hinchingbrooke School. Further Education colleges include Huntingdonshire Regional College Hinchingbrooke school sixth form college and St Peter's Sixth Form.
Huntingdon’s riverside park is a great place to relax, take a boat trip or simply enjoy a picnic whilst watching the fourth longest river in England, The River Great Ouse, go peacefully on its way.
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The nearest weather station for which long term weather data is available is RAF Wyton, 3 mi (5 km) north east of the town centre, although more recently Monks Wood, 5 mi (8 km) to the north west, also provides data.
There are plenty of places to enjoy a drink, a bite to eat or a more formal dining experience as well as pavement cafes for those hazy summer days. Visit Huntingdon First’s website for a full list. www.huntingdonfirst.co.uk
For the census that was taken in 1961 and also for the census in 1971, Huntingdon was combined with Godmanchester.
Huntingdon is an important bridge-head where the A1, the Great North Road, crosses the River Great Ouse near to Hinchingbrooke House once home to both the Cromwell's and then the Montagu's, The Earls of Sandwich, where in 1660 Samuel Pepys was secretary to Edward Montagu, so Huntingdon was no stranger to politics when John Major became the youngest Prime Minister of the 20th Century.
In 1746, the botanists Wood & Ingram of nearby Brampton developed a cultivar species of elm tree, Ulmus × hollandica 'Vegeta', which was named the "Huntingdon Elm" after the town.
There are 3 RAF stations within 4 mi (6 km) of the town: RAF Brampton, once home to Headquarters RAF Support Command and now part of the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO); RAF Wyton, once a major flying station but now also part of the DLO; and RAF Alconbury currently occupied by the United States Air Force.
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Make a date in your diary for this popular event. The quiz teams are make up of six people per table. The price of the ticket also includes a Plough mans supper, and a licensed bar is also available.This event is usually a evening of fun and laughter
Huntingdon is a market town in Cambridgeshire, England. The town was chartered by King John in 1205. It is the traditional county town of Huntingdonshire, and is the seat of the Huntingdonshire district council. It is known as the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell, who was born in 1599 and was the member of parliament (MP) for the town in the 17th century. The former Conservative prime minister John Major was the MP for the town from 1979 to 2001.
Houghton Mill, a National Trust property, is a water mill located on the Great Ouse. Flour is still milled here and the building is a tourist centre, with a camping site nearby. Grafham Water Centre, near Perry, offers land and water based activities as well as walks and bike hire around the reservoir.
With rainfall at under 550 mm per year, the Huntingdon area is amongst the driest in the UK – 103.4 days on average will record at least 1 mm of rain. All averages mentioned refer to the period 1971–2000.
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Local food from local producers - Huntingdonshire District Council hold a Farmer's Market in Huntingdon every other Friday in the Market Square. Our definition of local is within 30 miles radius of Huntingdon, going up to 50 miles for products wh
Between the railway station and the old hospital building, stands a replica cannon. In the 1990s the replica was installed to replace an original Crimean War one, that stood there until the Second World War, being scrapped for the war effort. When the replica was installed it was placed in the opposite direction to the original.
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