Huntingdonshire

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Huntingdonshire
United Kingdom
Huntingdonshire
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Flag of Huntingdonshire

St Ives
Area: 359 square miles
Population: 212,311
County town: Huntingdon
Biggest town: St Neots
County flower: Water-violet [1]

The County of Huntingdon is a shire between the Midlands and East Anglia. It is one of the smallest counties in Britain; south of the Forth only Rutland and Middlesex are smaller.

The county is roughly a rhombus shape, lying between bordering on Northamptonshire to the north and northwest, Bedfordshire to the southwest and Cambridgeshire to the east. The county town, Huntingdon, lies at the centre of the county.

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Geography

Large areas of the county are extremely low-lying and Holme Fen is notable for being the United Kingdom's lowest point, at 9 feet below sea level. The county's highest point is Boring Field, near Covington at 263 feet above sea level; the lowest highest point of all the counties.

The Great Ouse cuts across the county, and three of the county's four towns stand on its banks. The Great Ouse enters Huntingdonshire at St Neots, flowing northward then eastward to Huntingdon and on to St Ives before leaving the county at Earith. At Earith the Ouse is briefly tidal, taking its tide from the Bedford Rivers.

The A1, on the route of the Great North Road, passes through Huntingdonshire close to its southernmost to its northernmost points and, the A14 crossing from east to west, Huntingdonshire has become a major transport hub, with development close to the major routes.

Southern Huntingdonshire has its main townscapes by the main roads, but away from those routes it is a rich agricultural landscape characterised by farming and picturesque villages.

North of Huntingdon lies the county's share of the Great Fen. Much of the land here is below sea level and the landscape in the northeast in particular presents a vast, flat appearance. There are many small, pretty hamlets and villages scattered across the fen, the only town of any size south of the Peterborough suburbs being Ramsey.

Sports

Huntingdonshire County Cricket Club has its main ground in Godmanchester. It is the only county cricket club to be classed as neither a first class county nor a minor county.

Huntingdonshire claims to be the birthplace of bandy, a form of ice-hockey, now an IOC accepted sport.[1] According to documents from 1813, Bury Fen Bandy Club was undefeated for 100 years. A member of the club, Charles Tebbutt, wrote the first official rules down in 1882 and was instrumental in spreading the sport to many countries.[2]

Towns and villages

Major towns

Falling partly within Huntingdonshire:

Villages

Places of interest

Key
Cathedral/Abbey/Priory Cathedral/Abbey/Priory
Accessible open space Accessible open space
Amusement/Theme Park Amusement/Theme Park
Castle Castle
Country Park Country Park
English Heritage English Heritage
Forestry Commission Forestry Commission
Heritage railway Heritage railway
Historic house Historic House
Museum (free)
Museum (not free)
Museum (free/not free)
National Trust National Trust
Zoo Zoo

Famous people of Huntingdonshire

  • Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland 1653-58
  • Peter Foxhall (1941- ), Australian clergyman, evangelist and author
  • John Major (1943- ), Prime Minister 1990-1997
  • Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), Second Secretary to the Admiralty and diarist
  • Henry Royce (1863-1933) founder of Rolls Royce
Oliver Cromwell

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