Huntingdonshire

Huntingdonshire is another of the historic east coast counties bristling with intriguing English histor, from historical characters to wonderful architecture - enoough to fill a whole week exploring this corner of England. Discover this and more when staying in a Huntingdonshire holiday cottage. Towns to put on your historic checklist inlcude Huntingdon (birthplace of Oliver Cromwell), Kimbolton, Godmanchester, Ramsey, St. Neots and St.Ives, where you will find a rare chapel in the middle of the 15th century bridge, and Oliver Cromwell's old school is now the Cromwell Museum. Walk down their High Streets, still bearing old trademarks, and then look up to find the magnificent church spires atop churches which themselves are grand enough to be virtual cathedrals. These were mostly built on the proceeds of the flourishing wool-trade of the Middle Ages.

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Find the National Trust's Houghton Mill in the beautiful Houghton village. Bird lovers too, will find much to see at the Paxton Pits Nature Reserve; the Ferry Meadows setting of lakes, rivers and woods. The American Cemetery, whose War Memorial Chapel, built in 1954, is a striking example of modern architecture, is close to Madingley. Graftham Water, a man-made lake, provides excellent sailing and trout-fishing.