Great Stukeley

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Great Stukeley
Great Stukeley is located in Cambridgeshire
Great Stukeley
Great Stukeley
 Great Stukeley shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 1,340 (2011 Census including Little Stukeley)
OS grid reference TL2197074650
District Huntingdonshire
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PE28
Dialling code 01480
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
UK
England
Cambridgeshire

Coordinates: 52°21′N 0°13′W / 52.35°N 0.21°W / 52.35; -0.21

Signpost in Great Stukeley

Great Stukeley is a village and civil parish of the The Stukeleys in Huntingdonshire in Cambridgeshire, England. It lies on the old Roman road of Ermine Street.[1]

The East Coast Main Line railway runs near to Great Stukeley and serves the nearby Huntingdon railway station. The church in Great Stukeley is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew[2] and the village war memorial is contained within its grounds.

History[edit]

There are records of Great Stukeley dating back to the 11th century and it is recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086.[3]

'In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Great Stukeley like this:

STUKELEY (Great), a parish, with a scattered village, in the district and county of Huntingdon; 2 miles NNW of Huntingdon r. station. It contains the county jail, and has a post-office under Huntingdon. Acres, 2,990. Real property, £3,872. Pop. in 1861, 453,-of whom 36 were in the jail. Houses, 87. The manor belongs to L. Torkington, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £124.* Patron, Trinity Hall, Cambridge. The church has a massive tower of the 14th century, and is good. There are a national school, and charities £16.' [4]

Church[edit]

A church in Great Stukeley is mentioned specifically in the Domesday Survey of 1086 but this original church did not survive. The oldest part of the current building is the north arcade, built in c.1250.[5] The church was modified throughout the 14th and 15th centuries and the construction of the tower commenced in 1470.[6]

Great Stukeley war memorial

Transport[edit]

Great Stukeley has two bus stops on opposite sides of Ermine Street. The north bus stop provides services in the direction of Peterborough and the south bus stop provides services to Huntingdon, St Ives and further afield. By taking the bus into Huntingdon it is possible to ride on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway to St Ives and into Cambridge.

Today[edit]

Great Stukeley has several amenities although the village shop and Post Office closed many years ago. There are two pubs in the village: The Stukeleys Country Hotel and The Three Horseshoes. There is a large recreational field with children's play equipment on the eastern side of Ermine Street. Great Stukeley village hall is situated at the entrance to Owl End and it hosts many functions each month including Tumble Tots and Weight Watchers.

Other active societies and clubs include the Stukeleys Heritage Group, the Women's Institute (WI) and Great Stukeley Table Tennis Club.

Great Stukeley is also home to a chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Alconbury Weald development is taking place near Great Stukeley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ JevStarLtd. "The Stukeleys in Cambridgeshire". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  2. ^ JevStarLtd. "The Stukeleys in Cambridgeshire". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "British History Online". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  4. ^ GB Historical GIS/University of Portsmouth, A Vision of Britain through Time. "History of Great Stukeley in Huntingdonshire, Map and description". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "British History Online". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "British History Online". Retrieved 21 October 2014.