Arrington, Cambridgeshire

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Village sign, Arrington
Arrington is located in Cambridgeshire
Location within Cambridgeshire
Population415 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL334501
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townROYSTON
Postcode districtSG8
Dialling code01223
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
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 small 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.


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 one councillor for The Mordens ward and on Cambridgeshire County Council by one councillor for Gamlingay electoral division.[7] At Wesminster it is part of the South Cambridgeshire constituency.


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.[8]

The parish ranges from 20 to 76 metres above sea level. The River Cam forms the southern boundary of the parish.[8] The parish's soil is described as 'clayey' with chalk and gault subsoil.[9]


A war memorial, built in the 1920s,[9] is dedicated to Arrington men and women who died in the First and Second World Wars.[9] It stands at the old junction of the road to Cambridge and Ermine Street.[10]

There are 20 listed buildings in Arrington (including the church). Among them are the old post office and shop,[11] nine houses and two milestones along Ermine Street, Wraggs Farmhouse,[12] its barn[13] and old granary,[14] the Hardwicke Arms Hotel[15] and entrance gates and piers to Wimpole Hall.[16]

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.[9] It is a Grade I listed building.[17] There are some pictures and a description of the church at the Cambridgeshire Churches website .[18]

Notable people[edit]


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  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. ^ Cambridgeshire County Council: County Councillors Archived 2009-05-13 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b Ordnance Survey
  9. ^ a b c d GENUKI: Arrington
  10. ^ Arrington Parish Council: War memorial Archived July 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Images of England: Post Office, house and shop
  12. ^ Images of England: Wraggs Farmhouse
  13. ^ Images of England: Barn at Wraggs Farm
  14. ^ Images of England: Granary at Wraggs Farm
  15. ^ Images of England: Hardwicke Arms Hotel
  16. ^ Images of England: Entrance gates and piers to Wimpole Hall
  17. ^ Images of England: St Nicholas' Church
  18. ^ St Nicholas' page at the Cambridgeshire Churches website
  19. ^ “MAJOR, John Richardson” in John A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. 4 (1951), p. 296

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