[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"CONINGTON, a parish in the hundred of Norman Cross, in the county of Huntingdon, 9 miles south of Peterborough, its post town, and 3 south of Stilton. It is situated near Conington Fen and Ermine Street. It was possessed by Turkill the Dane in the time of Canute, of whose castle there are yet traces, and afterwards came through the Bruce, Wesenham, and other families, to the antiquary Sir Robert Cotton, who formed that noble collection of MSS. and papers known as the Cottonian Library, now in the British Museum. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely, value £508, in the patronage of J. Heathcote, Esq. The church, dedicated to the holy Cross, and built in the reign of Henry VII, is a noble structure in the later Gothic style of architecture, with tower. It is in good repair, and contains monuments of the Cotton family, and a tablet to Prince David. Here is a girls' school with an endowment of £15 per annum. Not far from the church stands Conington Castle, the seat of J. Heathcote, Esq., who is lord of the manor. Here was discovered, about 6 feet below the surface, the skeleton of a fish measuring 20 feet in length, and in several places in the fens are remains of a submerged forest."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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