Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

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4760996100_1323333b54Huntingdon-Town Info website says:

“Huntingdon is an important bridge-head where the A1, the Great North Road, crosses the River Great Ouse near to Hinchingbrooke House once home to both the Cromwell’s and then the Montagu’s, The Earls of Sandwich, where in 1660 Samuel Pepys was secretary to Edward Montagu, so Huntingdon was no stranger to politics when John Major became the youngest Prime Minister of the 20th Century.”

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Visit Cambridge & Beyond writes of Huntingdon:

“The town was chartered by King John in 1205 and is the county town of Huntingdonshire.  Having prospered successfully as a bridging point of the River Great Ouse, Huntingdon grew into a market town and, in the 18th and 19th centuries, as a coaching town.  The well-preserved medieval bridge was once the main route of Ermine Street over the river and is still in use today.

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Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdon in 1599 and the Cromwell Museum tells of his life and legacy through portraits and artefacts associated with this enigmatic figure.  The Museum opened in 1962 in the old grammar school where Cromwell was once a pupil, as was Samuel Pepys the well-known diarist.  Events, such as The Sealed Knot, are organised by the Museum to bring to life the fascinating history of the 17th century.

Highly recommended is the Historic Town Trail, which takes you on a self-guided circular walk from the Town Hall, past the ‘Thinking Soldier’ war memorial and the 16th century Falcon Inn, reputedly a headquarters for Cromwell during the Civil War and All Saints’ Church.  As one of only two surviving medieval churches, All Saints has Norman stonework and the font is reputed to have been used for the baptism of Cromwell.  The route leads you past old gaols, the quaint Market Inn and on to the picturesque riverside park with its 19th century mill, now smart apartments, and back through the town with so much more history to soak up.”

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Huntingdon in Wikipedia.

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