Waresley

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Coordinates: 52°10′30″N 0°10′23″W / 52.175°N 0.173°W / 52.175; -0.173

Waresley
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Church, Waresley, Cambridgeshire
Waresley is located in Cambridgeshire
Waresley
Waresley
 Waresley shown within Cambridgeshire
OS grid reference TL253536
District Huntingdonshire
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SANDY
Postcode district SG19
Dialling code 01767
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Waresley is a village and civil parish within the Huntingdonshire district of Cambridgeshire, England.[1] It is five miles south-east of the town of St Neots and seven miles north-east of Sandy, Bedfordshire. At the time of the 2001 census, the population of Waresley parish (including the parish of Tetworth) was 283.[2]

History[edit]

Waresley was mentioned in the Domesday book, spelled as Wederesle. The name probably means 'woodland clearing of a man called Wether or Wær.'[3] In 1801, Waresley's population stood at 195 people and in 1901, it was 216.[4]

Governance[edit]

Waresley is represented on Huntingdonshire District Council by two councillors for the Gransden and the Offords ward.[5] It is in the constituency of Huntingdon, represented at the House of Commons by Jonathan Djanogly.[6]

Geography[edit]

Waresley is on the B1040 road between Gamlingay and Eltisley, five miles south-east of the town of St Neots and seven miles north-east of Sandy, Bedfordshire, England. London is 45 miles south and Huntingdon 10 miles north.

Landmarks[edit]

Waresley Wood, a Site of Special Scientific Interest,[7] is managed as a nature reserve by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.[8] Waresley Park, a former deer park landscaped by the 18th Century designer Humphry Repton, is now used as a base for horse training.[9] Waresley Park Stud is an outstanding equestrian facility in the area that provides facilities for public for equestrian training. A number of Olympian riders have trained here over the years from a number of countries such as UK, Brazil, Thailand, New Zealand and others.

Religious sites[edit]

Waresley has had three church buildings. The original church stood in the east of the village and was mentioned in the Domesday Book[4] but was destroyed by a storm in 1724. In 1728, it was rebuilt but was pulled down and the current church built on a new site, at the junction of the roads to Great Gransden and Eltisley in 1856. It is dedicated to Saint James[4] and was designed by William Butterfield. The Great Storm of 1987 destroyed the church's spire but it was rebuilt.[1]

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