Ailsworth

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Signpost in Ailsworth
Ailsworth
Ailsworth is located in Cambridgeshire
Ailsworth
Ailsworth
 Ailsworth shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 559 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference TL124985
   – London  73 miles (117 km) 
Civil parish Ailsworth
Unitary authority Peterborough
Ceremonial county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Peterborough
Postcode district PE5
Dialling code 01733
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North West Cambridgeshire
Website http://www.ailsworthparishcouncil.org.uk
List of places
UK
England
Cambridgeshire

Coordinates: 52°34′34″N 0°21′11″W / 52.576°N 0.353°W / 52.576; -0.353

Ailsworth or Ailesworth is a village and civil parish in the City of Peterborough unitary authority, about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) west of the city centre. The parish is part of the former Soke of Peterborough, which was considered geographically part of Northamptonshire until in 1974, following the Local Government Act 1972, it became part of Cambridgeshire.

In the 2001 census the population stood at 413 (188 households)[2] and this has increased to 559 (248 households) in the 2011 census[1]

History[edit]

The village's toponym comes from the Old English Ægeleswurth. The Domesday Book of 1086 records it as Eglesworde meaning "an enclosure of a man named Agel".[3]

The common lands of Ailsworth and the neighbouring parish of Castor were not enclosed until 1898.[4]

The village sign (pictured) celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the local Women's Institute was erected in 1981 on the boundary with the neighbouring village of Castor.[3]

The £9 million dual-carriageway Ailsworth and Castor Bypass, which is part of the A47 road, was opened in September 1991.[5]

Churches[edit]

Ailsworth lies in the ecclesiastical parish of Castor.

There is a Methodist Chapel.

Amenities[edit]

In Ailsworth there is a medical practice, village shop, coffee house, recreation ground and children's play area.[6]

The village used to have two public houses, The Wheatsheaf and The Barley Mow.[7] The Wheatsheaf, which was built in the early 19th century and closed in the 1990s is a Grade II listed building. The Barley Mow public house closed in the 1950s.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Area: Ailsworth CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Area: Ailsworth CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Humphries, Carol; Pickett, Joan. Five Parishes: Their People and Places (PDF). CAMUS Project. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Christopher (1982) [1975]. Fields in the English Landscape. Archaeology in the Field Series. London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. p. 153. ISBN 0-460-02232-6. 
  5. ^ "Proceedings of the House of Commons, Written Answers 26 July 1996". UK Parliament. Hansard. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ailsworth Parish Council Web Site". Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Humphries, Carol; Pickett, Joan. Five Parishes: Their People and Places (PDF). CAMUS project. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 

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