History of Huntingdon

The town was chartered by King John in 1205 and is the county town of Huntingdonshire.1455 Plaque at Castle Hill House

Having prospered successfully as a bridging point of the River Great Ouse, it grew into a market town and, in the 18th and 19th centuries, as a coaching town. The well-preserved medieval bridge was once the main route of Ermine Street over the river and is still in use today.




Famohuntingdon sign 2us residents, past and present, include Oliver Cromwell, born here in 1599, Samuel Pepys, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich and the eponymous inventor of that staple foodstuff and John Major who became the youngest Prime Minister of the 20th Century.



Huntingdon Town Trail

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To find out more about the town, click the image for a detailed town guide.
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Huntingdon’s Great War History Trail
Great War 1914-1918

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Huntingdon had a significant role in the First World War. Many troops were stationed in Huntingdon, wounded soldiers were treated here and the Portholme Aerodrome Company contributed to the development of aviation.

This map shows locations that would have been of importance during the war and places of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


‘In Pursuit of Cromwell’ Trail

The Cromwell Trail

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An intriguing trail of engraved stones linking sites with the Cromwell connection through the historic centre of Huntingdon.