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Huntingdonshire place-names

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Full name Huntingdonshire
Abbreviation Hunts
Coordinates 52.358304, -0.217838
Area (1891) 947.8466175 km2[1]
Population (1891) 54969[2]
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Localities named after Robin Hood (or members of his band) in Huntingdonshire. Click locality marker for link to page. Historical county boundary coordinates provided by the Historic Counties Trust.

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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-08. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-10-20.

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County description

The Historic Counties Trust describes Huntingdonshire as follows:

One of the smallest of the counties, Huntingdonshire is a county of pretty little villages, with no major towns until the Peterborough suburbs at the county's northern fringe. It lies between Cambridgeshire to the east and Northamptonshire and Bedforshire on the west. Huntingdonshire is roughly rhomboid in shape, centered on Huntingdon, and the meeting of the Great North Road (now the A1) and the route from east coast to the Midland towns, now the A14. The four towns of Huntingdonshire are St Neots, St Ives, Ramsey and Huntingdon itself; three mediæval abbey towns and the fortress of the Ouse. Huntingdonshire is almost entirely flat. The south of the county is a network of villages surrounded by mixed farming. North of Huntingdon the land lies within the Great Fen, long since drained and converted into broad, fertile arable fields. Much of the land is below sea level. The main town of the fens is Ramsey. The Great Ouse enters Huntingdonshire at St Neots, the largest town in the county, and flows past Huntingdon and St Ives until the border with Cambridgeshire. The course of the river in Huntingdonshire is where the river shows its greatest beauty. Huntingdonshire is mainly agricultural, though with much light industry and computer technology companies, and around Huntingdon in particular road haulage thrives due to the county's position.

Main Towns: Huntingdon, Kilbolton, Godmanchester, St Ives, St Neots.
Main Rivers: Nene, Ouse, Kym.
Highlights: Cromwell's Birthplace and Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon; Flag Fen; Old Fletton.
Highest Point: Field (near Three Shire Stone), 80.16 m.
Area: 929.81 km.[3]

Chronology

18th Century

1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 18th century.

Literary locales

1 Literary locale.

All localities

2 Place-names and localities.

List and Gazetters

Background

Neighbours

Notes

  1. Histpop - The Online Historical Population Reports Website: Population. Administrative counties, England and Wales. Vol. I, 1891 – Page vi (University of Essex).
  2. Wikipedia: List of ancient counties of England by area in 1891 (adapted from 1891 census).
  3. The Historic Counties Trust has kindly allowed me to quote its county descriptions in toto. I have converted square miles to km2 and feet to meters. Abbreviations may have been silently expanded