In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described St Ives like this:
St Ives, mun. bor., market town, and par. with ry. sta., in co. and 4¾ miles E. of Huntingdon, on river Ouse - mun. bor. and par., 2330 ac., pop. 3002; town (comprising also parts of Fen Stanton and Hemingford Grey pars.), pop. 3038; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Monday. St Ives (said to take its name from St Ivo, a Persian missionary bishop of 6th century), was known at Domesday as Slepe, a name which survived in Slepe Hall, the residence of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658). St Ives had a chapel of 970, and a priory of 1017. The bridge is said to have been built by the abbots of Ramsey. The trade is chiefly in agricultural produce and cattle. The charter for the weekly cattle market, which is one of the largest in the kingdom, was granted in 1290. St Ives was made a mun. bor. in 1874.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing St Ives has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Huntingdonshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering St Ives and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of St Ives in Huntingdonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 10th December 2013
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