Alconbury

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Coordinates: 52°22′N 0°16′W / 52.36°N 00.26°W / 52.36; -00.26

Alconbury
Weeping willow in alconbury.jpg
A Weeping Willow in Alconbury, taken from across Alconbury Brook
Alconbury is located in Cambridgeshire
Alconbury
Alconbury
 Alconbury shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 1,670 
OS grid reference TL1875
District Huntingdonshire
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HUNTINGDON
Postcode district PE28
Dialling code 01480
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Huntingdon
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Alconbury is a village in the English county of Cambridgeshire.

Geography[edit]

It is in the district of Huntingdonshire and gives its name to RAF Alconbury. It is near to the point where a major north/south road, the A1, crosses the only major east/west road: the A14. As of 2005 there are proposals to convert the airfield (now redundant) into a freight-only commercial airport to benefit from these surface links. Nearby to the east along the A14 are The Stukeleys: Great Stukeley and Little Stukeley. Little Stukeley is nearer to the former airfield than Alconbury. Just north of the A1/A14 junction is Alconbury Hill.

History[edit]

The church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. The Great North Road passed through the village and Alconbury Weston to the north-west. The A1 was dualled from Water Newton to Alconbury Hill in three stages in 1958. The £1.25m two mile A1 bypass opened in December 1964, joining the road at the point where it now meets the A14 (former A604) at the junction at the top of a hill. It followed part of the former A604. In November 1998, the bypass was converted into the A1(M) which terminates next of the village. The former road is partly the B1043 which is also part of the former A14 and the rest of the former A1 to Peterborough. Units of the US Air Force were based at Alconbury from 1942-1945, and then from 1953 to 1995.

The research laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences, is just south of the village.

Amenities[edit]

The village has its own parish council of 11 members, Neighbourhood Watch group, cricket club, football teams, several pubs, doctor's surgery, post office and houses the local MP. There is a Church of England primary school,[1] A service station on the B1043/A14 junction closed in August 2007 and re-opened in 2012 under new owners.

There are several annual events held including The Midsummer Fun Fair, The Neighbourhood Watch Summer Fête and The Dame Norma Major charity cricket match. Alconbury also has its own group on social networking site Facebook.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alconbury C of E Primary School. Retrieved 23 February 2009

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