Old Hurst

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Old Hurst
Old Hurst is located in Cambridgeshire
Old Hurst
Old Hurst
 Old Hurst shown within Cambridgeshire
OS grid reference TL3077
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°22′N 0°05′W / 52.37°N 00.09°W / 52.37; -00.09

Old Hurst is a village in Cambridgeshire, England.

At one time, at the most prominent point along the road between Old Hurst and St Ives, there could be found a low chair-shaped hunk of stone called the Hursting Stone, or the Abbot's Chair. This glacial relic served many functions throughout the centuries, having been sculpted into a curious chair-shaped mass: folklore has it that it in the Middle Ages it formed the base of a plinth that held an almighty stone cross upright. Here, sentences were passed in open-air trials. Later it earned the name 'Abbot's Chair' from the belief that monks would sit in it and rest while travelling. This antiquity now rests against a wall just outside the Norris Museum, St Ives, and according to writer Daniel Codd there is a general belief that it is haunted. There is also a belief that if the stone should ever sink beneath the earth then the streets of Bluntisham will run red with blood.[1]


  1. ^ Codd, Daniel (2010). Mysterious Cambridgeshire, Derby Books Publishing. p.75-76. ISBN 9781859838082

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