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Houghton & Wyton
The beautiful villages of Houghton and Wyton lie side by side on the North bank of the River Great Ouse, halfway between St. Ives and Huntingdon, with Wyton to the West and Houghton to the East.
Houghton was founded in the 7th Century when it was known as “Houtton”. Wyton was founded about a century later and both villages are recorded in the Domesday Book.
Both parishes were donated by the Saxon noble Alfwold to Ramsey Abbey in the 10th Century.
The Parish boundaries remained unchanged from that time until 1934, almost 1000 years.
In 1974 as a result of the then Local Government re-organisation the villages were merged and became known as Houghton & Wyton, albeit to this day many residents take pride in their particular part of the village, be it Houghton or Wyton.
However, what is indisputable is that the village of Houghton & Wyton must be one of the “Jewels in the Crown” of English villages. We have every amenity and facility that a village needs to thrive.
The village has:
- A pro-active and hard working Parish Council.
- A historic village square, The Green, which comprises, a Community owned Village Post Office and Convenience Store, Tea Rooms, Antiques Shop, Art Gallery and one of the villages 2 Pub restaurants, The 3 Horseshoes which also provides accommodation. It also has the old “George & Dragon Pub”
- Which is now a private house.
- A historic 12th Century church, “The Church of St. Mary the Virgin” Hugh de Wistow being its first recorded Priest in 1208. The Church has a thriving community which runs a number of charitable and other activities from within the “St. Mary’s Centre”, which is also made available for non-church activities.
- St. Margaret’s church located in the West of the village, was converted to a private some years ago, The former St. Margaret’s churchyard has a number of War Graves from WW2 and is retained as such.
- The 3 Jolly Butchers Pub & Restaurant which is reputed to have one of the largest beer gardens in England.
- A historic Mill (Houghton Mill) which still grinds its’ own flour has a Caravan Park and Tea Rooms all owned and operated by the National Trust.
- An Infant & Junior School.
- A reasonably good bus service and we are soon getting connected to the St. Ives - Cambridge, Peterborough “Guided Bus System”.
- A Village Community Hall (The Memorial Hall) from which numerous activities, such as Ballroom & Latin American Dancing, (for young and old) Yoga, (various types) Zumba, to name just a few.
- A Recreation Field with Changing Rooms, Tennis Courts, Scouts & Cubs Hut, Bowling Green and Clubhouse.
- A wonderful WI, Over 60’s, A Local History Society, Football, Cricket and Tennis Clubs
- A Time Bank
- A Christmas Lights Committee with their year round “Bacon Butty” Saturday mornings on The Green.
- Plus many others too numerous to mention, my apologies to those I have omitted.
All of the above could not be sustained if there were not a deeply ingrained “community and love thy neighbour spirit” which is embedded within the village.
Just a few weeks ago the village had a “fund raising afternoon” which included a football match between the “Village Veterans” and Tottenham Legends, followed by a Raffle, an Auction of Sports Memorabilia and a Hog Roast, which raised £15,000 (Fifteen Thousand Pounds). A magnificent effort from a population of less than 2,000.
All of the above make me feel privileged to be part of the Houghton & Wyton community.
My thanks to the Houghton & Wyton Local History Society and the Editorial Staff of the Village Magazine in the compilation of this article.
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