Place:Great Paxton, Huntingdonshire, England

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NameGreat Paxton
Alt namesPachstonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 141
Parchestunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 141
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates52.25°N 0.233°W
Located inHuntingdonshire, England     ( - 1965)
Also located inHuntingdon and Peterborough, England     (1965 - 1974)
Cambridgeshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoSt Neots Rural, Huntingdonshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1965
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Great Paxton is a village near Little Paxton in Huntingdonshire (part of Cambridgeshire), England, north of St Neots. The grade I listed cruciform Saxon church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, dates from the 11th century. The village shares the Great Ouse valley with the river and the East Coast Railway Line. It, and its church, are one of the oldest recorded areas in East Anglia, with records dating back to about 100BC.

Curiously, Great Paxton is much smaller than Little Paxton with a population of around 800. There is one public house in the village called The Bell. There is a primary school which is a Church of England school and has around 120 pupils aged from 4 to 11. Senior school pupils attend Longsands Community College in St Neots.

The village expanded in the 1970s through to the 1990s during which time the population went up from around 100 to its current number.

Until 1965 Great Paxton was located in the County of Huntingdonshire. After mergers in 1965 and 1974 the county became part of Cambridgeshire. It was part of the St Neots Rural District until 1974 and is now in the Huntingdonshire administrative district of Cambridgeshire.

Research Tips

  • Original historical documents relating to Huntingdonshire are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office in Huntingdon.
  • A History of the County of Huntingdon in 3 volumes from British History Online (Victoria County Histories), published 1911. This is by far the most complete history of the parishes of the county to be found online. The chapters are ordered by the divisions of the county called hundreds, but each chapter is linked to the volume's content page.
  • GENUKI has a page on Huntingdonshire and pages for each of the ecclesiastical parishes in the county. These give references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions.
  • Map of Huntingdonshire divisions in 1888 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • Map of Huntingdonshire divisions in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
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