Conington, Cambridgeshire

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St Mary's, Conington
Grid reference: TL323663
Location: 52°16’39"N, 0°3’57"W
Population: 150  (approx.)
Post town: Cambridge
Postcode: CB23
Dialling code: 01954
Local Government
Council: South Cambridgeshire
South Cambridgeshire

Conington is a small village in Cambridgeshire which has but 50 houses and 150 residents.

The village lies on the edge of the county, very close to the border with Huntingdonshire (in which latter county is another Conington). Cambridgeshire's Conington is found about a mile and a half south of the A14 trunk road, and some 6 miles southeast of Huntingdon.

The village has a pub called The White Swan.

Parish church

The parish church is dedicated to St Mary. It looks somewhat unusual in pattern; it has a somewhat uncertain steeple and at each corner of the tower lean huge pyramidal brick buttresses, which emphasise just how slight the tower was anyway. One of the bells is one of the oldest bells in Cambridgeshire. [1]

The oldest part of the church is the west tower, probably dating from the 14th century and built of stones collected from the village fields. Some years after the tower was built, it was topped out with an octagonal spire rising to 95 feet. The tower was originally only 10½ feet square but it began to settle dangerously and so in the 18th century the massive brick buttresses were added: the tower had not been built to bear the extra weight of the spire.


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