Events in Stilton

Welcome to Stilton

Looking north up the High Street, once the Great North Road, in Stilton
Looking north up the High Street, once the Great North Road, in Stilton, Huntingdonshire

 

The village and parish of Stilton in Huntingdonshire.

Sticiltone (xi cent.).

The parish of Stilton contains 1,637.5 acres of land, the subsoil being mainly Oxford Clay, with a small area of Cornbrash. It was inclosed in 1805 by private Act of Parliament. A few surface implements of the Neolithic age or later have been found, but of the Roman occupation the only trace recorded at Stilton is a heavy silver seal ring, perhaps dropped by some traveller along the Ermine Street. From the position of the village on the Ermine Street, now part of the Great North Road, it obtained a certain importance as a posting station, with inns of a considerable size.

The office of post-master was much sought after in the 17th century by the rival innkeepers, one of whom offered to take the post not only without salary, but would pay down £20 to £40 to obtain it. Of the present-day inns, although both have been rebuilt, the Bell, an interesting stone house rebuilt in 1642, with mullioned windows and a very fine wrought-iron sign, was in existence before 1515.

In 1613 the Herald sat at the Angel Inn to hold his visitation for this part of the county, and in 1620 it belonged to the Apreece family. Until recent years it was a fine 18th-century red brick house, but has ceased to be an inn, and is now divided into several tenements. It was partly burnt down in 1923. Both inns claim to have been the first place to sell Stilton cheese, and in 1725 young Lord Harley, passing through Stilton, tasted and disapproved the cheese sold at the Bell. The cheese is said to have been made at Stilton before 1720, but was popularised by Cooper Thornhill, landlord of the Bell, about 1730, who, selling more than he could obtain locally, had it made by his relatives in Leicestershire. The village suffered from very serious fires in 1729, 1798 and 1895, while the Manor House, which stands north-west of the church, was the scene of a fire in 1907. There are a Wesleyan and a United Methodist chapel in the parish.

Stilton 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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FLOOD WARNINGS 15/10/14

Warnings still in force for Ellington, Hamerton and the Alconburys. River level still rising slowly at Brampton. More rain forecast so keep an eye on the Environment Agency infromation. Follow the link below...

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FLOOD WARNINGS

Be aware that there are Flood Warnings in force around Hamerton, Coppingford, Alconbury Weston, Alconbury, Brampton and Ellington and areas west of Huntingdon.

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News Date: 14/10/2014 14:49

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St Neots Foodbank

We welcome St Neots Foodbank as new members of the Huntingdonshire websites. We look forward to working with Alan and the other volunteers to add further information about the St Neots Foodbank over the coming weeks.

News Date: 08/10/2014 14:45

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Forthcoming Events in or around Stilton

Here are the next five events in the Huntingdonshire Event Diary, the local ones are coloured GOLD and clicking the title will open links to event detail on this website whilst following the "Out of Village' events will open in a new window on their own website. Click 'Show Summary' for exactly what it says, without going anywhere!

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An 'Out of Village' event in St Ives

From 15:30 until 17:00 on Friday 24/10/2014 at Corn Exchange

An 'Out of Village' event in St Ives

From 18:00 until 20:00 on Friday 24/10/2014 at Corn Exchange

An 'Out of Village' event in Huntingdon

From 09:00 until 15:00 on Saturday 25/10/2014 at Main Hall @ Commemoration Hall

An 'Out of Village' event in St Ives

From 10:00 until 15:00 on Saturday 25/10/2014 at Corn Exchange

An 'Out of Village' event in St Ives

From 11:00 until 17:00 on Saturday 25/10/2014 at Hyperion Auction Salerooms

More forthcoming events in Stilton

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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 Stilton