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Signpost in Holywell cum Needingworth
Needingworth is located in Cambridgeshire
Location within Cambridgeshire
OS grid referenceTL351706
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSt Ives
Postcode districtPE27
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°19′12″N 0°01′01″W / 52.32°N 0.017°W / 52.32; -0.017Coordinates: 52°19′12″N 0°01′01″W / 52.32°N 0.017°W / 52.32; -0.017

Needingworth is a village in Cambridgeshire, England.[1] Needingworth lies approximately 7 miles (11 km) east of Huntingdon and just west of the Prime Meridian. Needingworth is in the civil parish of Holywell-cum-Needingworth. Needingworth is situated within Huntingdonshire which is a non-metropolitan district of Cambridgeshire as well as being a historic county of England.The village is attached to Holywell by a single road, connecting the two villages.


Needingworth is part of the civil parish of Holywell-cum-Needingworth, which has a parish council. The parish council consists of fourteen councillors and has a parish clerk; the parish council normally meets once a month.[2]

Needingworth was in the historic and administrative county of Huntingdonshire until 1965. From 1965, the village was part of the new administrative county of Huntingdon and Peterborough. Then in 1974, following the Local Government Act 1972, Needingworth became a part of the county of Cambridgeshire.

The second tier of local government is Huntingdonshire District Council which is a non-metropolitan district of Cambridgeshire and has its headquarters in Huntingdon. Huntingdonshire District Council has 52 councillors representing 29 district wards.[3] Needingworth is a part of the district ward of Earith and is represented on the district council by two councillors.[4][3] District councillors serve for four-year terms following elections to Huntingdonshire District Council.

For Needingworth the highest tier of local government is Cambridgeshire County Council which has administration buildings in Cambridge. Cambridgeshire County Council consists of 69 councillors representing 60 electoral divisions.[5] Needingworth is part of the electoral division of Somersham and Earith[4] and is represented on the county council by one councillor.[5]

At Westminster Needingworth is in the parliamentary constituency of North West Cambridgeshire,[4] which is represented in the House of Commons by Shailesh Vara (Conservative). Shailesh Vara has represented the constituency since 2005. The previous member of parliament was Brian Mawhinney (Conservative) who represented the constituency between 1997 and 2005.

Culture and community[edit]

There is only one shop, currently a 'One Stop', which is also a Post Office on the Needingworth high street. There are also two pubs (not including the Ferry Boat Inn in Holywell) in Needingworth, The Pike and Eel and The Queen's Head.

There is a Church-of-England primary school, a village hall with bowls club and various good walks in the area. Also tennis courts.

The Villager is the local newsletter of the area, a copy of which is delivered free to every household in the parish of Holywell-cum-Needingworth.

The quarry[edit]

There is a significant aggregate extraction operation based just to the east of Needingworth. The quarry will be turned into wetland with the co-operation of the RSPB. The resulting 600 hectares (1,483 acres) wetland will constitute 50% of the UK's reedbed target.[6]

Bus services[edit]

There are two bus routes serving the village;

  • Route A (Busway, Stagecoach in Huntingdonshire) to St Ives and Cambridge (peak times only)
  • 21 (Go Whippet) to St Ives or Somersham/Ramsey


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 154 Cambridge & Newmarket (Saffron Walden) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319231739.
  2. ^ "Holywell-cum-Needingworth Parish Council:Councillors". Holywell-cum-Needingworth Parish Council. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Huntingdonshire District Council: Councillors". Huntingdonshire District Council. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Cambridgeshire County Council: Councillors". Cambridgeshire County Council. Archived from the original on 22 February 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  6. ^ Hanson Aggregates, 2007

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