Kimbolton  Huntingdonshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kimbolton like this:

KIMBOLTON, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district in St. Neots district, Huntingdon. The town stands on the river Kym, under Kimbolton hill, near the boundary with Beds, 8 miles NW by W of St. Neots r. station, and 11 WSW of Huntingdon; was anciently known as Kinnibantum; and has a post office‡ under St. ...

Neots, a church, three dissenting chapels, a grammarschool, three other public schools, an alms house, and charities £168. The church is early English; consists of nave, aisles, chancel, two chantries, and S porch, with W tower and broach spire; and contains a double piscina, some monuments of the Montagues, and some old armour and banners. The grammar school affords a liberal education, including some instruction in agricultural chemistry; and has an endowed income of £220. A weekly market was formerly held on Friday; and fairs are held on Easter-Friday, Whitsun-Friday, the Fridar after Old Michaelmas, and 11 Dec. The town gives the title of Baron to the Duke of Manchester. -The parish contains also the hamlets of Wornditch, Newtown, and Stonely; and comprises 5, 061 acres. Real property, £9, 140; of which £50 are in gasworks. Pop., 1, 661. Houses, 376. The manor belonged to the Mandevilles, the Bohuns, and the Staffords; formed part of the marriage dowry of Queen Catherine of Arragon; was given, by Henry VIII., after her death, to the Wingfields; passed to the Montagues; and belongs now to the Duke of Manchester. Kimbolton Castle is the Duke's seat; succeeded a previous mansion, in which Queen Catherine died; was built by Sir Richard Wingfield, and much improved by Charles, first Duke of Manchester; is a quadrangular edifice, with embattled parapet and central court; has a hexastyle portico at the main entrance; and stands in an extensive well wooded park. An Angustinian priory was founded at Stonely, about 1180, by one of the Mandevilles; and has left some remains. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £200.* Patron, the Duke-of Manchester.—The sub-district contains also twelve other parishes, -six of which are electorally in Beds. Acres, 3 4, 429. Pop., 9, 349. Houses, 2, 067.

Kimbolton through time

Kimbolton is now part of Huntingdonshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how Huntingdonshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Kimbolton itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kimbolton in Huntingdonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st July 2018

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