Stilton in Cambridgeshire

The ancient parish of Stilton in Huntingdonshire

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Looking north up the High Street, once the Great North Road, in Stilton, Huntingdonshire.

Looking north up the High Street, once the Great North Road, in Stilton

 

The village and parish of Stilton in Huntingdonshire.

Stilton is one of the parishes of the District of Huntingdonshire, whose administrative centre is Huntingdon, the other principle towns being St Ives home of the Chapel on the Bridge, St Neots the largest town in the County of Cambridgeshire, the Roman town of Godmanchester and Ramsey site of the former Abbey.

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The parish of Stilton contains 1,637 acres of land, the subsoil being mainly Oxford Clay, with a small area of Cornbrash. It was inclosed in 1805 by private Act of Parliament. A few surface implements of the Neolithic age or later have been found, but of the Roman occupation the only trace recorded at Stilton is a heavy silver seal ring, perhaps dropped by some traveller along the Ermine Street. From the position of the village on the Ermine Street, now part of the Great North Road, it obtained a certain importance as a posting station, with inns of a considerable size.

The office of post-master was much sought after in the 17th century by the rival innkeepers, one of whom offered to take the post not only without salary, but would pay down 20 to 40 to obtain it. Of the present-day inns, although both have been rebuilt, the Bell, an interesting stone house rebuilt in 1642, with mullioned windows and a very fine wrought-iron sign, was in existence before 1515.

In 1613 the Herald sat at the Angel Inn to hold his visitation for this part of the county, and in 1620 it belonged to the Apreece family. Until recent years it was a fine 18th-century red brick house, but has ceased to be an inn, and is now divided into several tenements. It was partly burnt down in 1923. Both inns claim to have been the first place to sell Stilton cheese, and in 1725 young Lord Harley, passing through Stilton, tasted and disapproved the cheese sold at the Bell. The cheese is said to have been made at Stilton before 1720, but was popularised by Cooper Thornhill, landlord of the Bell, about 1730, who, selling more than he could obtain locally, had it made by his relatives in Leicestershire. The village suffered from very serious fires in 1729, 1798 and 1895, while the Manor House, which stands north-west of the church, was the scene of a fire in 1907. There are a Wesleyan and a United Methodist chapel in the parish.

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More sites updated finishing on Fenstanton

Another block of our community websites have now been upgraded to HTML5 including Diddington, the smallest parish in Huntingdonshire, Easton, Ellington, Elton and finishing today with Fenstanton.

Over halfway now with just 24 still to do...

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Adult Evening Classes

The Adult and Community Learning organisation based at St Ivo School is now taking bookings for the part time courses and adult evening classes commencing in September. If you would like more information contact Lizzie Burgess on 01480 495717 or follow the link below.

The next few days is your last chance to book a course until after the summer break. The office closes on Wednesday for the school holidays. Do it now!

News Date: 21/07/2014 14:30

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Huntingdonshire Updates

Too wet to go out most of the time so we have had a busy weekend and updated the websites for Brampton, Alconbury, Wyton, Abbots Ripton and Wennington, Barham and Woolley, Broughton, Buckden, Buckworth and Conington.

Also finished the first round of updates to the central www.huntingdonshire.info hub. The next job here is to add lot of new fetures some of which we have started on already including adding our Facebook page to the site; https://www.facebook.com/huntingdonshire.info

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Out of the Parish Event

Book a Part Time Course with ACL

Event venue - St Ivo School

From 21/07/2014 10:00 until 23/07/2014 14:00

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Connections Youth Bus

Event venue - Little Paxton Village Hall Car Park

From 24/07/2014 19:00 until 24/07/2014 21:00

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GRAND OPENING

Event venue - Janet Church Interiors - New Premises

From 26/07/2014 09:00 until 26/07/2014 17:00

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Auction of Antiques, Collectables & General Items

Event venue - Hyperion Auction Salerooms

From 26/07/2014 11:00 until 26/07/2014 17:00

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Houghton & Wyton Music Festival

Event venue - Playing Fields (Houghton)

From 26/07/2014 13:00 until 26/07/2014 22:30

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This site is listed in the British Towns and Villages Encyclopaedia of Great Britain and we can be found in the entry for Stilton

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