Place:Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, England


Coordinates52.45°N 0.117°W
Located inHuntingdonshire, England
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Ramsey is a small market town within the historic County of Huntingdonshire and parish, north of Huntingdon and St Ives. For local government purposes it lies in the district of Huntingdonshire within the non metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire.

The parish include the settlements of Ramsey Forty Foot, Ramsey Heights, Ramsey Mereside, Ramsey Hollow and Ramsey St Mary's.

The town grew up around Ramsey Abbey, a Benedictine monastery. The town manor is built on the site of (and using materials from) the ancient Abbey and is the seat of the Lords de Ramsey, major landowners in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. The remains of the Abbey are now home to part of the town's secondary school. Abbey College, Ramsey resulted from the amalgamation of the previous two secondary schools, Ailwyn School and Ramsey Abbey School.

Ramsey Rural Museum, on Wood Lane, is housed in 17th-century farm buildings and is a small museum dedicated to the history of rural Fenland life.

Every year, over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the town is home to 1940s Weekend, one of Britain's biggest living history events. The event, now held at The Camp, Wood Lane, is dedicated to recreating the sights and sounds of the 1940s and is held in aid of several local charities. The event, held at RAF Upwood until 2011, features living history re-enactors, period dancing, food, exhibitions and trade stands.

Original historical documents relating to Ramsey, including the original church parish registers, local government records, maps, photographs, and records of Ramsey manor (held by the Fellowes family, Lords de Ramsey), are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office Huntingdon. There is a Post Office in Ramsey.

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