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Eynesbury shown within Cambridgeshire
|Civil parish||St Neots|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||St Neots|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Eynesbury is a settlement in the historic county of Huntingdonshire, although currently administered as part of Cambridgeshire, England. It forms part of present-day St Neots, but before 1876 was a separate village.
Eynesbury is made up of a number of different areas, the oldest area of which, around the Berkley Street/St Mary's Street area, predates any other part of St Neots. Indeed the town was originally called Eynesbury, until the establishment of the priory after Benedictine monks stole the remains of Saint Neot from the Cornish. This theft had the backing of the royal court.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Eynesbury grew quickly thanks to London overspill, along with various other parts of the town such as Eaton Socon. The areas around Hardwick Road, Duck Lane, Sandfields Road, Howitts Gardens and Potton Road absorbed much of the "immigration" from the city, and for a number of years had a reputation for being "rough", although this has in recent years improved beyond recognition. It now has a reputation for being an affluent area with house prices soaring.
In the 1980s the Parklands estate was built, expanding Andrew Road and filling the gap between Potton Road and Barford Road. Most recently, the Eynesbury Manor development, which includes Eynesbury Marina, has been built between Ernulf Academy and the Tesco store by the bypass; and stretches to the River Great Ouse to the west.
Eynesbury was the birthplace in 1795 of James Toller, known as the Eynesbury Giant, who measured 7 feet 6 inches tall.
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- George Cornelius Gorham, The history and antiquities of Eynesbury and St. Neot's, in Huntingdonshire, and of St. Neot's in the county of Cornwall, 1820.
- "James Toller - The tallest man". TheTallestMan.com. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
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