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Sawtry is a village and civil parish in Cambridgeshire, England. Sawtry lies approximately 8 miles (13 km) north of Huntingdon. Sawtry is situated within Huntingdonshire which is a non-metropolitan district of Cambridgeshire as well as being a historic county of England. The village is home to over 6000 people.
During the Dark Ages, Sawtry was divided into three parishes - All Saints, St. Andrew and Judith and originally got its name from the fact that it was a trading centre for salt, an essential commodity in the Middle Ages. The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary was founded in 1147 by Simon de Senlis grandson of Judith of Lens, niece of William the Conqueror who owned land in many parts of Britain but built her Manor in Sawtry and whom the Parish of Sawtry Judith is named after. The Abbey took 91 years to complete and ministered to the local area both spiritually and physically. This was demolished in 1540 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries as part of the English Reformation, although traces of the Abbey still remain.
As a civil parish, Sawtry has a parish council. The parish council is elected by the residents of the parish who have registered on the electoral roll; the parish council is the lowest tier of government in England. A parish council is responsible for providing and maintaining a variety of local services including allotments and a cemetery; grass cutting and tree planting within public open spaces such as a village green or playing fields. The parish council reviews all planning applications that might affect the parish and makes recommendations to Huntingdonshire District Council, which is the local planning authority for the parish. The parish council also represents the views of the parish on issues such as local transport, policing and the environment. The parish council raises its own tax to pay for these services, known as the parish precept, which is collected as part of the Council Tax. The parish council comprises eleven councillors.
Sawtry 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, Sawtry became a part of the county of Cambridgeshire. Sawtry is a district ward of Huntingdonshire District Council and is represented on the district council by two councillors. For Cambridgeshire County Council Sawtry is part of the electoral division of Sawtry and Ellington  and is represented on the county council by one councillor.
At Westminster, Sawtry is in the parliamentary constituency of North West Cambridgeshire, and 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. For the European Parliament Sawtry is in the East of England (European Parliament constituency).
Sawtry is just west of the Fens, halfway between the city of Peterborough and the town of Huntingdon. Other nearby villages include Folksworth, Alconbury, Holme, Yaxley, and Stilton. Being situated in close proximity to the A1(M), it is a sought-after location for commuters. It is approximately six miles north of the A14, and a fifty-minute car drive from both Stansted Airport and Luton Airport.
Culture and community
Sawtry has two public houses: The Bell (now shut) and The Greystones. It also has an Ex-Services and Working Men's Club (Sawtry Club Website). There is an Infant school and a Junior school in Sawtry; and a Community college (Sawtry Village Academy) which educates many young people from nearby villages as well as Sawtry itself.
Sawtry is quickly expanding, with a new estate built in 2014 and plans for more homes to be built by 2020. Along with these new estates, plans are in place to build new amenities, such as a doctor's surgery, to accommodate the new residents.
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- Office for National Statistics - Neighbourhood Statistics - Population and Migration
- Parishes - Sawtry | A History of the County of Huntingdon: Volume 3 (pp. 203-212)
- A Potted History of Sawtry
- Huntingdonshire District Council twinning page[dead link]
- "Sawtry Parish Council: Councillors". www.sawtry-pc.gov.uk. Sawtry Parish Council. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Huntingdonshire District Council: Councillors". www.huntsdc.gov.uk. Huntingdonshire District Council. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Cambridgeshire County Council: Councillors" (pdf). www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk. Cambridgeshire County Council. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sawtry.|
- The Sawtry school website
- The Sawtry Working Men's Club website
- The Sawtry Motor Cycle Club website
- The Greystones Free House
- The Sawtry Leisure Centre Website
- Vocal Academy - men's barbershop chorus based in Sawtry
- A Potted History of Sawtry
- CARESCO - a Sawtry-based community organisation
- Sawtry Eye - the village magazine
- Sawtry Cricket Club website