The Offords

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Offord Cluny and Offord D'Arcy
Offord Cluny and Offord D'Arcy is located in Cambridgeshire
Offord Cluny and Offord D'Arcy
Offord Cluny and Offord D'Arcy
 Offord Cluny and Offord D'Arcy shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 560 (2009)
OS grid reference TL 21958 66803
Civil parish Offord Cluny and Offord D'Arcy
District Huntingdonshire
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ST. NEOTS
Postcode district PE19
Dialling code 01480
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Huntingdon
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Coordinates: 52°17′10″N 0°12′47″W / 52.286°N 0.213°W / 52.286; -0.213

The Offords is the name given to the two villages of Offord Cluny and Offord D'Arcy, situated on the east bank of the River Great Ouse between Saint Neots and Huntingdon in west Cambridgeshire. The Offords were both recorded in the Domesday Book as 'Upeforde' under two different landowners,[1] which suggests they were one village at that time. By the 13th Century they had evolved into two distinct settlements, and remained so until the proximity and resulting close co-operation of the two villages lead to their merger in 2010.[2] In 2008 the Parish Councils merged, and in 2010 the Huntingdon (Parishes) Order 2009 officially created the new Parish of 'Offord Cluny and Offord D'Arcy'.


The name 'Offord' originates from the name found in the Domesday Book 'Upeforde', which in turn is believed to derived from the Old English pre 7th Century "uppe", up (stream), and "ford", ford.[3] The name 'Cluny' comes from Cluny Abbey in the Bourgogne region of France, which were granted a manor in Offord by Arnulf de Hesding some time before 1086.[4] The name 'D'Arcy' is first mentioned in records when, in 1279 "William de Broughton was holding a manor, with a common fishery, in Offord Darcy of the Abbot of Ramsey".[5]


Today the Offords have an estimated population of 1,240;[6] in the 2001 census Offord Cluny had a population of 502[7] and Offord D'Arcy a population of 747.[8] The parish church shared by the Offords is All Saints in Offord Cluny, a Grade II* listed building dating back to the 13th Century.[9] Baptism, weddings and funerals are held there along with a monthly family service. Offord Village Hall provides a meeting place for (amongst others) the Offord Players (the local amateur dramatics group), the Offord Gardeners Association, the Mums and Tots group and on occasion the 'Cotton Farm Action Group'.

The community is served by two garages (an MOT test and servicing centre and a TVR/Noble Automotive garage), a village store and two pubs (the Swan Inn and the Horseshoe Inn & Restaurant). Local children can attend the Offord Primary school, ranked in the top five in Cambridgeshire. There are a number of events held throughout the year including the Offord Film Festival, the Offord Dog Show and the Offord Music Festival, the last two of which are held at Millenium Green, the local village green. There is an equestrian center providing riding instruction and livery service, and a local angling club which fishes the river Great Ouse in and around the villages.

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  1. ^ "Great Domesday Book". The National Archives. 1086. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  2. ^ "The Huntingdon (Parishes) Order 2009" (PDF). Huntingdonshire District Council. 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  3. ^ "Surname Database: Offord Last Name Origin". Name Origin Research. 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  4. ^ "Great Domesday Book". The National Archives. 1086. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  5. ^ William Page, Granville Proby, S. Inskip Ladds (1932). "A History of the County of Huntingdon: Volume 2". University of London & History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  6. ^ "Huntingdonshire Population Estimates". The Cambridgeshire County Council Research Group. 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  7. ^ "Offord Cluny 2001 Census". Office for National Statistics. 2004. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  8. ^ "Offord D'Arcy 2001 Census". Office for National Statistics. 2004. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  9. ^ "Offord Cluny Conservation Area Character Statement" (PDF). Cambridgeshire County Council. 2004. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 

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