HEMINGFORD GREY: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1932.
[Description(s) transcribed by Martin Edwards and later edited by Colin Hinson ©2010]
[from The Victoria County History series - 1932]
"HEMINGFORD GREY, the parish of Hemingford Grey lies extremely low, mostly at 20-40 ft above sea-level, and Hemingford Meadows in the north is liable to floods. On the south side of St Ives Bridge, a suburb of St Ives is growing up, but Hemingford Grey Village lies in the opposite direction away from St Ives, and is still rural. At the northern end of the village, near the extreme north-western angle of the parish, stands its 12th century Manor House, where the backwaters separate Houghton Meadows from the main stream of the River Ouse, which is the earliest secular building in the County. The house is still surrounded by its moat on three sides away from the river, near the right bank on which it stands.
The local area consists of farmland. The soil north of the Cambridge Road is gravelly; to the south it is strong loam. Crops grown include wheat, barley and market garden produce."
[Description(s) transcribed by Martin Edwards ©2003 and later edited by Colin Hinson ©2010]
[mainly from The Victoria County History series- 1932]