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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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St Ives Carnival

We all had a great day at St Ives Carnival yesterday. The parade from the town centre was very well attended and it took ages for the many floats to pass by on their way to the park. During the afternoon the entertainments were great culminating with the talented Chloe and the Huntingdon Concert Band. The day ended with a fabulous Firework display.

The organisers and their numerous helpers should be proud of their enthusiasm and achievement in putting on a brilliant show.

If you missed yesterday then you really did miss out but you can make it up to yourself and attend the Music Festival in the park today from noon until around nine this evening.

Don't forget it's the Huntingdon Carnival in a few weeks too

News Date: 15/07/2018 10:20

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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 Little Paxton

On 26/07/2018 19:00 at Little Paxton Village Hall Car Park

An 'Out of Village' event in St Neots

From 08:00 until 13:00 on Saturday 28/07/2018 at St Neots Market Place

An 'Out of Village' event in Little Paxton

From 10:00 until 12:00 on Wednesday 01/08/2018 at Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields

An 'Out of Village' event in Little Paxton

From 19:00 until 21:00 on Thursday 02/08/2018 at Little Paxton Village Hall Car Park

An 'Out of Village' event in St Ives

From 08:30 until 14:00 on Saturday 04/08/2018 at The Pavement

More forthcoming events in Stilton

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