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Sawtry shown within Cambridgeshire
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Sawtry is just west of the Fens, halfway between the city of Peterborough and the town of Huntingdon. Other nearby villages include Folksworth, Alconbury, Holme, Yaxley, and Stilton. Being situated in close proximity to the A1(M), it is a sought-after location for commuters. It is approximately six miles north of the A14, and a fifty-minute car drive from both Stansted Airport and Luton Airport.
Facilities and amenities
Sawtry has two public houses: The Bell and The Greystones. It also has an Ex-Services and Working Men's Club. It has an Infant school and a Junior school; and a Community college which educates many young people from nearby villages as well as Sawtry itself.
During the Dark Ages, Sawtry was divided into three parishes - All Saints, St. Andrew and Judith and originally got its name from the fact that it was a trading centre for salt, an essential commodity in the Middle Ages. The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary was founded in 1147 by Simon de Senlis grandson of Judith of Lens, niece of William the Conqueror who owned land in many parts of Britain but built her Manor in Sawtry and whom the Parish of Sawtry Judith is named after. The Abbey took 91 years to complete and ministered to the local area both spiritually and physically. This was demolished in 1540 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries as part of the English Reformation, although traces of the Abbey still remain.
Sawtry is quickly expanding, with a new estate built in 2014 and plans for more homes to be built by 2020. Along with these new estates, plans are in place to build new amenities, such as a doctor's surgery, to accommodate the new residents.
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- The Sawtry school website
- The Sawtry Working Men's Club website
- The Sawtry Motor Cycle Club website
- The Greystones Free House
- The Sawtry Leisure Centre Website
- Vocal Academy - men's barbershop chorus based in Sawtry
- A Potted History of Sawtry
- CARESCO - a Sawtry-based community organisation
- Sawtry Eye - the village magazine
- Sawtry Cricket Club website