Woodston, Peterborough

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Church of St Augustine at Woodston
Woodston is located in Cambridgeshire
Location within Cambridgeshire
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE2
Dialling code01733
List of places
52°33′43″N 0°15′22″W / 52.562°N 0.256°W / 52.562; -0.256Coordinates: 52°33′43″N 0°15′22″W / 52.562°N 0.256°W / 52.562; -0.256

Woodston is a largely residential and industrial area of the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom. For electoral purposes, it forms part of Fletton ward in North West Cambridgeshire constituency. Oundle Road runs through most of Woodston into the Ortons.


Situated south of the River Nene, the area was historically part of Huntingdonshire, rather than the Soke of Peterborough in Northamptonshire. The civil parish of Woodston was divided under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894 into Woodston Rural parish (of 984 acres) and Woodston Urban parish (70 acres). In 1905, Woodston Rural became part of Old Fletton Urban District and Woodston Urban became part of Peterborough Municipal Borough.[1]

The ecclesiastical parish of Saint Augustine of Canterbury in the Diocese of Ely remained undivided; although this has now been placed under the pastoral care of the Bishop of Peterborough, acting as Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Ely.[2][3] Woodston cemetery, which opened on New Road in 1882, is closed for new burials.[4]


Until 2008, Woodston was the home of white goods manufacturer Hotpoint, a subsidiary of the General Electric Company from 1929 until its dissolution in 1989. Established in 1911, Hotpoint is now owned by the Italian Indesit Company S.p.A.; its former Redring subsidiary, which is still based here, is now a brand of Applied Energy Products Ltd., alongside Creda and Xpelair.[5] British Sugar remains headquartered on Oundle Road, although the sugar beet factory which opened in 1926 was closed in 1991.[6] Since the demolition of the sugar factories, new homes have appeared in place of the site.SodaStream was based in the area until 2003 and Pedigree Petfoods, a division of Mars Ltd., opened a factory on Shrewsbury Avenue 1974.


Woodston County Primary, Brewster Avenue Infant and St. Augustine's Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Junior schools are located in the area; secondary pupils attend nearby Stanground College, and Nene Park Academy, formally known as Orton Longueville Comprehensive School.

The Grade I-listed St. Augustine's Church dates from Anglo-Saxon times.[7]

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  1. ^ Brown, Marion Elizabeth and Benton, Frances Elizabeth Woodston Bits and Bobs (and a Bit of Surrounding Area) BB Books, Peterborough, June 1996
  2. ^ RELIGION: Bishops bridge boundaries aboard boat Archived 26 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 2 August 2004
  3. ^ Bridging the divide in a city Archived 7 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine Diocese of Ely, Ref. 0471, 29 July 2004
  4. ^ Peterborough cemeteries Peterborough City Council (retrieved 11 December 2012)
  5. ^ Dundon, Tara A dark day for staff at the Hotpoint factory Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 28 November 2008
  6. ^ The History of British Sugar British Sugar (retrieved 5 January 2008)
  7. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST AUGUSTINE (1126964)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 April 2015.

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