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Village sign, Arrington
Grid reference: TL334501
Location: 52°8’7"N, 0°3’53"W
Population: 389  (2001)
Post town: Royston
Postcode: SG8
Dialling code: 01223
Local Government
Council: South Cambridgeshire

Arrington is a village in the south of Cambridgeshire, a modest place with a recorded population of 389 at the time of 2001 census. The village is to be found 6 miles north of the border town of Royston, and 9 miles southwest of the county town, Cambridge.

Arrington village and parish are mostly west of the A1198 road, with the exception of a small area of land to the east, next to Wimpole Park. A minor road runs west to Croydon; the next village north is Longstowe and Wendy lies south. Arrington is nine miles south-west of the county town of Cambridge and 44 miles north of London.


Arrington is on the A1198 road, the old Roman Ermine Street. Around 950, the village's name was written as Earnningtone; in the 1086 Domesday Book it was spelled Erningtune. By the 13th century, the village was known as Aring(e)ton(e).[1][2] The probable meaning was 'Earn's folk's farmstead'.[2] Flint tools have been found along the spring line around Church Farm.[3]

Sights of the village

A war memorial, built in the 1920s,[4] is dedicated to Arrington men and women who died in the First and Second World Wars.[4] It stands at the old junction of the road to Cambridge and Ermine Street.[5]

There are 20 listed buildings in Arrington (including the church). Among them are the old post office and shop,[6] nine houses and two milestones along Ermine Street, Wraggs Farmhouse,[7] its barn[8] and old granary,[9] the Hardwicke Arms Hotel[10] and entrance gates and piers to Wimpole Hall.[11]

Parish church

Arrington's church is dedicated to St Nicholas. It has a brick tower with a low spire and contains one bell; the building was restored in 1894.[4] It is a Grade I listed building.[12]

There are some pictures and a description of the church at the Cambridgeshire Churches website .[13]

Outside links

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about Arrington)