Welcome to Stilton

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.

Sticiltone (xi cent.).

The parish of Stilton contains 1,637.5 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.

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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Ramsey Rural Museum

We welcome Ramsey Rural Museum as new members of the Huntingdonshire websites. We look forward to working with Clive and his team to add further information about the Ramsey Rural Museum over the coming weeks.

The museum will be participating, along with numerous other locations, in the Ramsey Heritage Open Day on 14th September. Please follow the links for more information

News Date: 27/08/2014 10:55

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Change of October Demonstration

Unfortunately Frank Boddy will not be able to attend to give a cooking demonstration at our meeting in October as planned, but we hope to be able to substitute with something similar.
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News Date: 26/08/2014 19:12

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Are you organising an event in Stilton?

If you are, then you may use the link just below and add the details directly into the Huntingdonshire Event Diary.

Forthcoming Events in or around Stilton

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Out of Town Event

Into the Wild at Ouse Fen

Event venue - Ouse Fen Nature Reserve (West)

From 03/09/2014 17:00 until 03/09/2014 19:30

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Out of Town Event

Life in March in the Year of the Three Kings

Event venue - March Library

From 03/09/2014 19:00 until 03/09/2014 21:00

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Out of Town Event

Screen St Ives Film Show. 12 Years A Slave

Event venue - Corn Exchange

From 05/09/2014 19:30 until 05/09/2014 22:30

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Out of Town Event

Pidley International Teddy Bear Freefall Comp

Event venue - Lakeside Lodge Golf Course

From 06/09/2014 10:00 until 06/09/2014 12:30

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Out of Town Event

Railway Open Garden

Event venue - Model Railway Exhibition Location

From 07/09/2014 14:00 until 07/09/2014 17:00

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THINK STILTON AND BEYOND!

This website is one of a group of over 50 linked community websites that cover the towns, villages and larger parishes of Huntingdonshire. They are all joined together and share information such as county and district wide services, organisations, events and all the things that are available from website members in neighbouring communities.

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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