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St Margaret's church in Abbotsley, Cambs.jpg
St Margaret's Church, Abbotsley
Abbotsley is located in Cambridgeshire
 Abbotsley shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 425 
OS grid reference TL227564
District Huntingdonshire
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PE19
Dialling code 01767
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°11′35″N 0°12′19″W / 52.19299°N 0.20533°W / 52.19299; -0.20533

Abbotsley is a village and civil parish within the Huntingdonshire district of Cambridgeshire, England.[1][2] It is three miles from St Neots and 14 miles from the county town of Cambridge. At the time of the 2001 census, the resident population was 425 people living in 164 households.[3]


The village's name is derived from 'woodland clearing of a man called Ealdbeald.'[4] It was not mentioned in the Domesday book but appears to have formed during the 12th century.[5]


Abbotsley parish council comprises seven councillors, a chairman and clerk.[6] The parish is represented by two councillors for the Gransden and the Offords ward on the district council[7] and on Cambridgeshire County Council by one councillor for the Buckden, Gransden and the Offords electoral division.[2] It is in the constituency of Huntingdon, represented at the House of Commons by Jonathan Djanogly.[8]


Abbotsley village is 14 miles from the county town of Cambridge and 47 miles from London. It is on the B1046 road between Great Gransden and St Neots. The elevation of the parish is between 22 and 60 metres (72-197 feet) above sea level.[9] The subsoil is Oxford and Ampthill clay.[5]


At the time of the 2001 census, the resident population was 425 people. The ethnic group of all residents was white; 78% described themselves as Christian.[3]

Scarecrow Festival Abbotsley


A war memorial which stands in the churchyard commemorates Abbotsley men who died in the First and Second World Wars.[10]

19 buildings in Abbotsley are listed (including the church). Among them are four houses along Blacksmiths Lane, nine houses along the High Street, a red telephone box[11] and a table tomb in the churchyard.[12]

Religious sites[edit]

St Margaret's Church has stood in Abbotsley since around 1300, though there was a church in the village as early as 1138. The current building was restored in 1854 and 1861 and the tower in 1884;[13] it is a Grade II* listed building.[14] Abbotsley is part of the deanery of St Neots and diocese of Ely.[15]

Culture and community[edit]

A village hall is used for meetings, events and private functions. An annual Feast Week and Scarecrow Festival is held to raise money for maintenance of the village hall. Residents construct themed scarecrows and place them outside their houses for a week while there are various fundraising events held.[6]

Neighbouring parishes[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Abbotsley at Wikimedia Commons