Arrington, Cambridgeshire

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Arrington
Village sign, Arrington - geograph.org.uk - 987168.jpg
Village sign, Arrington
Arrington is located in Cambridgeshire
Arrington
Arrington
Arrington shown within Cambridgeshire
Population415 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL334501
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townROYSTON
Postcode districtSG8
Dialling code01223
PoliceCambridgeshire
FireCambridgeshire
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
Websitehttp://www.arrington.org.uk
List of places
UK
England
Cambridgeshire
52°08′07″N 0°03′53″W / 52.13515°N 0.06475°W / 52.13515; -0.06475Coordinates: 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 city of Cambridge.

History[edit]

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]

Governance[edit]

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, Heidi Allen.[9]

Geography[edit]

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]

Landmarks[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/census2011/census_maps
  2. ^ Cambridgeshire County Council: Arrington Archived June 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Arrington Parish Council: History Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Mills, A.D. (1998). A Dictionary of English Place-names. Second Edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford. p13. ISBN 0-19-280074-4
  5. ^ Arrington Parish Council: A history of the parish Archived September 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Arrington Parish Council: Council & Democracy Archived September 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ South Cambridgeshire District Council: Electoral wards Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Cambridgeshire County Council: County Councillors Archived 2009-05-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ UK Parliament: Find your MP
  10. ^ a b Ordnance Survey getamap.co.uk
  11. ^ a b c d GENUKI: Arrington
  12. ^ Arrington Parish Council: War memorial Archived July 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Images of England: Post Office, house and shop Archived October 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Images of England: Wraggs Farmhouse Archived October 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Images of England: Barn at Wraggs Farm Archived October 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Images of England: Granary at Wraggs Farm Archived October 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Images of England: Hardwicke Arms Hotel Archived October 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Images of England: Entrance gates and piers to Wimpole Hall Archived October 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Images of England: St Nicholas' Church Archived October 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ St Nicholas' page at the Cambridgeshire Churches website

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