Buckden, Cambridgeshire

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Great Tower and St.Mary's church
Buckden is located in Cambridgeshire
 Buckden shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 3,000 
OS grid reference TL193661
District Huntingdonshire
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°17′N 0°15′W / 52.28°N 0.25°W / 52.28; -0.25

Buckden (originally Bugden) in Cambridgeshire (historically in Huntingdonshire), England is a village around 6 miles (10 km) south of Huntingdon and 50 miles (80 km) north of London.


The village, situated on the old Great North Road, was bypassed by the A1 in 1962. A roundabout connects the village with the bypass and B661 (Perry Road for nearby Grafham Water), and also provides access to a Shell filling station. Accessible through the village are The Offords via the B1043. Brampton is accessed through a grade-separated junction just north of the village on the A1. A long-planned improvement scheme for the A14 may see the road diverted north of the village to run parallel with the A1.


Formerly on the Great North Road (A1) out of London, Buckden is the location of Buckden Towers (or Buckden Palace), one of the many former residences of the Bishop of Lincoln. Buckden Towers also held Catherine of Aragon for a short period of time before she was moved to Kimbolton Castle.


The village has a C of E Primary School and a Day Nursery. There is a library and three village pubs — The George, The Vine and The Lion Hotel — all located on High Street. The church is dedicated to St Mary. There is Waterside Leisure Club to the east and a village club. There are regular buses on route 65/66 to St Neots, Huntingdon and Tesco (Huntingdon store).

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