Churchyard and cottages, Great Staughton
Great Staughton is a village in southern Huntingdonshire, found to the west of St Neots. The fields hereabouts are rolling, green and full of variety. That there are good walks in the area has long been known locally and now the gently undulating countryside around Staughton can be explored, using the recently inaugurated 50 mile network of paths which take in all the historic sites.
The village lies in the Kym valley three miles from Kimbolton and has a rich and varied history. In the 1st Century AD, the Romans built a substantial corridor type villa complete with bath-house and mosaic reception area. Staughton appears under the name of Tochestone in the Domesday Book. A mile southwest of St Andrew's church stands the impressive moat (one of four moated sites in the village) which was the stronghold of one of Edward I's Knights, Sir Adam de Creeting.
The parish church, St Andrew's Church, stands in the heart of the village. Parts of it date from the 13th Century and it is one of the only in the county with a square spire., Within is the impressive double memorial to Sir James and Sir Richard Dyer and it is the last resting place of George Wauton, whose heir, Valentine, was one of the signatories of Charles I's death warrant.
Opposite the church is the splendid 16th Century Manor House built by Sir Oliver Leder.
Staughton Highway (now the B645) is notable for its sundial, erected in 1637 and a number of charming thatched cottages, as well as the White Hart, a 17th Century coaching inn.
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