Place:Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England

Alt namesHuntedonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 141
Huntedunsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 141
TypeTown, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates52.331°N 0.183°W
Located inHuntingdonshire, England     ( - 1961)
Also located inHuntingdon and Peterborough, England     (1965 - 1974)
Cambridgeshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoHuntingdon and Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Englandboroughs were merged 1961-1965
Huntingdonshire District, Cambridgeshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been part since 1974
Contained Places
Civil parish
Stanground ( - 1889 )
Stanground ( - 1889 )
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source: Family History Library Catalog

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Huntingdon is a market town in Cambridgeshire, England. The town was chartered by King John in 1205. It is the traditional county town of Huntingdonshire and the seat of the Huntingdonshire district council. It is well known as the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell, who was born in 1599 and was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the town in the 17th century. The former Conservative Prime Minister (1990–1997) John Major served as the MP for Huntingdon from 1979 until his retirement in 2001.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Huntingdon.

Huntingdon in the late 19th century

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Huntingdon from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Huntingdon.-- [municipal borough] and [county] town of Huntingdonshire, on left bank of river Ouse (which connects it with the port of Lynn), 19 miles S. of Peterborough and 59 N. of London, 1116 ac., pop. 4228; 2 Banks. Market-day, Saturday; is the Huntantun of the Saxons. The Roman road, Ermine Street, passes through the town, which is connected with Godmanchester by a bridge. Huntingdon has large breweries, carriage works, and mfrs. of patent perforated bricks; while there is also a considerable trade in agricultural produce, seeds, wool, and timber. Famous nurseries for trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants of every description are in the neighbourhood. Huntingdon was the birth-place of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658). Huntingon returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885."

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  • Original historical documents relating to Huntingdonshire are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office in Huntingdon.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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