Great Paxton church from the South West
Great Paxton is a village in Huntingdonshire, standing on the east bank of the River Great Ouse between St Neots and the Offords. A neighbouring village is Little Paxton. Notwithstanding its name, Great Paxton is much smaller than Little Paxton
Apart from the river, the broad swathe of the East Coast Railway Line forces its way down the Ouse Valley, but fails to spoil the village.
Great Paxton extends for a mile or so beside the main King's Cross rail route. At its centre is a pleasant pub, The Bell, and at the northern end of the village is the parish church
The church is a highly interesting Anglo-Saxon building with one of the rare aisled naves of that period still left in this country. It is cruciform in plan and dates from the 11th century.
Great Paxton has won Cambridgeshire Village of the year 18 times, a Cambridgeshire record, and also National Village of the year twice, in 1999 and 2004.
In this modest there is the one church, one public house, The Bell, and a Church of England primary school. The village expanded in the 1970s through to the 1990s during which time the population went up from around 100 to its current number.
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