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[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"KIMBOLTON, a parish, post and market town, in the hundred of Leightonstone, county Huntingdon, 11 miles west of Huntingdon, and 8 north of St. Neot's. It is situated on the verge of the county, in the wooded valley of the Kym, a branch of the Ouse, and near the Great Northern railway. It was anciently called Kinnibanturn, and was held by the Mandevilles, Bohuns, and others. It is now held by the Montagues, who take from it the title of baron.

The town is an insignificant place, wholly dependent on agriculture and the manufacture of lace. It is governed by a constable appointed at the courts leet and baron, held under the Duke of Manchester. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £200. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is an ancient stone structure, with a tower surmounted by a lofty spire. In the interior are monuments of the Wingfield and Montague families. The charities produce £168 per annum; also an almshouse, built by the inhabitants of Kimbolton. There are chapels for Moravians, Baptists, and Wesleyans. There is a grammar school, at which agricultural chemistry is taught; also parochial schools for both sexes, and an infant school. Kimbolton Castle, which was built by the Wingfields, near the site of an older mansion, is the residence of the Duke of Manchester. It is situated in a park, and is celebrated as the place where Queen Catherine of Arragon resided after her divorce from Henry VIII. The Duke of Manchester is lord of the manor. Friday is market day. Faire are held on the Fridays in Easter and Whitsun weeks, and the Friday after Old Michaelmas day, for toys, &c., and on the 11th December for cattle; also a statute fair for the hiring of servants on the 23rd September."

"STONELY, a hamlet in the parish of Kimbolton, hundred of Leightonstone, county Hunts, 9 miles south-west of Huntingdon. It is situated near the river Kym, and has traces of an Austin friary, founded in 1181 by William de Mandeville. The principal seat is Stoneley Hall.

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2010




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