Place:St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England

NameSt. Ives
Alt namesSaint Ivessource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Slepesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 141
St. Ivessource: Times Atlas of the World (1994) p 170
TypeTown, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates52.333°N 0.083°W
Located inHuntingdonshire, England     ( - 1965)
Also located inHuntingdon and Peterborough, England     (1965 - 1974)
Cambridgeshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoHuntingdonshire District, Cambridgeshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: St. Ives in Huntingdonshire should not be confused with St. Ives, a large town in in the west of Cornwall, and a parish named St. Leonards and St. Ives which was in Hampshire until 1974 and is now in Dorset. There are other smaller St. Ives which have been redirected to the parish in which they were located.

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St. Ives has been, since 1974, a market town in Cambridgeshire, England, around 24 kilometres (15 mi) north-west of the city of Cambridge and 110 kilometres (68 mi) north of London. Until 1965 it was located in the county of Huntingdonshire. Until it became part of Cambridgeshire in 1974, St. Ives was a Municipal Borough and included, in addition to its own civil parish, the civil parishes of Fenstanton and Hemingford Grey.

Built on the banks of the wide River Great Ouse between Huntingdon and Ely, St. Ives has a famous chapel on its bridge. In the Anglo-Saxon era, St Ives's position on the river Great Ouse was strategic, as it controlled the last natural crossing point or ford on the river, 80 kilometres (50 mi) from the sea. The flint reef in the bed of the river at this point gave rise to a ford, which then provided the foundations for the celebrated bridge.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, St. Ives was a hub of trade and navigation and the town had dozens of inns and many bawdy houses. Goods were brought into the town on barges, and livestock rested on the last fattening grounds before delivery to London's Smithfield Market. As the railway network expanded and roads improved, the use of the River Great Ouse declined. It is now mostly used for leisure boats and recreation.

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  • Original historical documents relating to Huntingdonshire are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office in Huntingdon.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