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Village sign, Arrington - - 987168.jpg
Village sign, Arrington
Arrington is located in Cambridgeshire
 Arrington shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 415 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference TL334501
District South Cambridgeshire
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ROYSTON
Postcode district SG8
Dialling code 01223
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°08′07″N 0°03′53″W / 52.13515°N 0.06475°W / 52.13515; -0.06475

Arrington is a village and civil parish in the South Cambridgeshire district of Cambridgeshire, England, with a population of 415 at the time of 2011 census.[2] The village is 6 miles (10 km) north of Royston, Hertfordshire, and 9 miles (14 km) south-west of the county town of Cambridge.


Arrington is on the A1198 road, the old Roman Ermine Street. Around 950, the settlement's name was written as Earnningtone; in the 1086 Domesday Book it was spelled Erningtune. By the 13th century, the village was known as Aring(e)ton(e).[3][4] The probable meaning was 'farmstead of the family or followers of a man called Earn(a)'.[4] Flint tools have been found along the spring line around Church Farm.[5]


The parish council has seven councillors.[6] Arrington is represented on South Cambridgeshire District Council by two councillors for Gamlingay ward[7] and on Cambridgeshire County Council by one councillor for Gamlingay electoral division.[8] Arrington's Member of Parliament in the House of Commons is the Member for South Cambridgeshire, Andrew Lansley.[9]


Arrington village and parish are mostly west of the A1198 road, with the exception of a small area of land to the east, next to Wimpole Park. A minor road runs west to Croydon; the next village north is Longstowe and Wendy lies south. Arrington is nine miles south-west of the county town of Cambridge and 44 miles north of London.[10]

The parish ranges from 20 to 76 metres above sea level. The River Cam forms the southern boundary of the parish.[10] The parish's soil is described as 'clayey' with chalk and gault subsoil.[11]


A war memorial, built in the 1920s,[11] is dedicated to Arrington men and women who died in the First and Second World Wars.[11] It stands at the old junction of the road to Cambridge and Ermine Street.[12]

There are 20 listed buildings in Arrington (including the church). Among them are the old post office and shop,[13] nine houses and two milestones along Ermine Street, Wraggs Farmhouse,[14] its barn[15] and old granary,[16] the Hardwicke Arms Hotel[17] and entrance gates and piers to Wimpole Hall.[18]

Religious sites[edit]

Arrington's church is dedicated to St Nicholas. It has a brick tower with a low spire and contains one bell; the building was restored in 1894.[11] It is a Grade I listed building.[19] There are some pictures and a description of the church at the Cambridgeshire Churches website .[20]


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