Kimbolton in Cambridgeshire

The ancient villages of Kimbolton and Stonely in Huntingdonshire

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The High Street in Kimbolton looking towards Kimbolton Castle

The High Street in Kimbolton


Chenebalton (11th century); Chenebolton (12th century); Kenebalton (12th-13th century); Kenebaulton (13th century); Kembauton (14th century); Kymbalton (14th-17th century); Kymbolton, Kimoltoun, Guimolton, Quybolton (16th century) and Kimbolton (Modern).

Stanlegh, Staynley (13th century); Stonle (13th-16th century); Stoneley (16th-17th century) and Stonely (Modern).

Kimbolton, before the Conquest, was the property of Earl Harold. King William I gave it to William de Warren; but a little later he conferred it upon William de Mandeville. From the Mandevilles it passed by heir-ship through the families of Bohun and Stafford to Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, who was beheaded by King Henry VIII, and his estates forfeited. Kimbolton was thereupon given to Sir Richard Wingfield who had married, as his first wife, the widow of the previous Duke. Sir James Wingfield, fourth in descent from Sir Richard, sold Kimbolton to Sir Henry Montagu, who was created Earl of Manchester in 1626, and whose successor, the Duke of Manchester, was the owner in 1910.

Kimbolton may be the smallest town in the District of Huntingdonshire but it by far the prettiest, being situated in a wooded valley on the River Till or Kim. The picturesque Market Place, dominated by the Castle Gatehouse, is bordered with interesting 17th and 18th century houses, at the end of which is the stately church. Close by, down a back lane, is a Moravian church.

Here is Kimbolton Castle, a large 18th century building now converted into a school. Kimbolton Castle, once the seat of the Duke of Manchester, was a stronghold in very early times. It became the place of retirement of Queen Katherine of Aragon after her divorce, and here she died on January 8th 1536. Henry 1st Earl of Manchester, made considerable alterations to the house, but it was almost entirely re-built by Charles 4th Earl and 1st Duke of Manchester. In the early 20th century it was occupied by Lord Charles Montagu uncle of the Duke.

At Stonely, a nearby hamlet, are some scanty remains of an Augustinian Priory.

Kimbolton and Stonely is one of the parishes of the District of Huntingdonshire, whose administrative centre is Huntingdon, the other principle towns being St Ives home of the Chapel on the Bridge, St Neots the largest town in the County of Cambridgeshire, the Roman town of Godmanchester and Ramsey site of the former Abbey.

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Childrens Fun Games & Activity Session

Event venue - The Green @ Samuel Jones Crescent

From 16/04/2014 14:00 until 16/04/2014 15:00

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Activity Session for Young People

Event venue - The Green @ Samuel Jones Crescent

From 16/04/2014 15:00 until 16/04/2014 16:00

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Annual Parish Meeting 2014

Event venue - Committee Room @ Little Paxton Village Hall

From 17/04/2014 19:00 until 17/04/2014 20:00

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Childrens Easter Workshop

Event venue - Church of St James (Little Paxton)

From 18/04/2014 10:30 until 18/04/2014 12:00

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Gift and Craft Fair

Event venue - Corn Exchange

From 19/04/2014 09:30 until 19/04/2014 15:00

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This site is listed in the British Towns and Villages Encyclopaedia of Great Britain and we can be found in the entry for Kimbolton and Stonely

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