Back in November 2020, Huntingdonshire Council contracted TrailTale to produce town routes for the towns in the district.
Last week the first seven routes were published, featuring the district’s interesting history and heritage. Included in the release are:
- Huntingdon – the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell, and the town is steeped with his memory. It also sits on the main route from London to York, built by the Romans – Ermine Street. The old bridge, the castle are part of that route. Check out also: The Almshouses, Town Hall, a replica canon, and a thinking soldier.
- St Neots – a town that had developed around two main priories, and had a lengthy brewery history. Check out the Market Square, a house with murderous history, two large chimneys, a poorhouse and the famous four.
- St Ives in Cambridgeshire – had been known as the fayre town. The old Cattle Market entrance posts are the most visible objects of that past. Check out also the old bridge with its chapel, Oliver Cromwell statue, the Benedictine Priory wall, Broadway, The old Grammar School building, and The Waits.
- Godmanchester – Once a premier location on the River Great Ouse, warranting a manor and a castle. Today this village, forms part of St Neots, but still many small and hidden gems reveal its long history. Check out the old mill, The Church, the Manor Cottage and the River Great Ouse.
- Ramsey – a small market town, which its influence over the district had been much greater than its size. Most notable are the Abbey Gate, The Abbey itself and the buildings around the Church square. But, check out the old castle earthworks, The School, the Mortuary Chapels and The Great Whyte.
- Eaton Socon – Once a premier location on the River Great Ouse, warranting a manor and a castle. Today this village, forms part of St Neots, but still many small and hidden gems reveal its long history. Check out the old mill, The Church, the Manor Cottage and the River Great Ouse.
- Godmanchester Nature Reserve – was created when the quarry was flooded creating four lakes nurturing a unique habitat of birds, wild life and fauna.
Additional routes are now being developed to feature historic villages and the River Great Ouse.
Recently, the Economic Development manager for Huntingdonshire Council gave an interview to BBC Cambridgeshire, which features TrailTale. Listen to it here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p098br5w and slide on the seek-bar to 1:19:00.