Town of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Through the centuries, Huntingdonshire has been associated with a wealth of famous people.
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Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, was born and educated in Huntingdon. You can still see The Falcon Tavern in Huntingdon, one of Cromwell's headquarters in the Civil War, or learn more about his life at the Cromwell Museum. Visit St Ives, where his statue still looks down over the market square or admire Hinchingbrooke House, once the Cromwell family home.
Huntingdonshire has many other famous connections. William Cowper, the poet, lived in Huntingdon. Samuel Pepys, the diarist, lived in nearby Brampton. Today, you can pause at The Black Bull, reputedly where Pepys enjoyed a drink.
Huntingdon was also home to Dick Turpin, the legendary highwayman. It is believed he stayed at The George Hotel in Huntingdon when he "worked" the Great North Road. Capability Brown, the famous landscape gardener, is also one of Huntingdonshire's sons. He lived in Fenstanton and his grave is in the churchyard. Alwalton has the grave of Henry Royce, born in Huntingdonshire and famed as the originator of Rolls Royce cars.
Getting to Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
By Road and Sea:
The A1 is an important north-south link to Huntingdon, much of it to motorway standard.
The A14 dual carriageway links Huntingdonshire with the Midlands in the West and the ports of Harwich and Felixstowe in the East.
The A14 also links Huntingdonshire with the M11 as an additional route in to London.
The M11 connects with the M25 to give good access to the South East and South Coast.
Huntingdon and St Neots are connected with London Kings Cross by a frequent 50 minute service operated by West Anglia Great Northern.
Huntingdon is connected to Peterborough by West Anglia Great Northern and on to the North and Scotland by the Great North Eastern Railway. Tel: 08457 484950
The airports of Luton, Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick are all within a convenient drive.
National Express runs a fast, efficient service.
Tel: 08705 808080.
Official City of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire website: www.huntsdc.gov.uk