Welcome to Fenstanton
The Clock Tower in the village of Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire
The village and parish of Fenstanton in Huntingdonshire.
Stantun, Stantone (11th century), Staunton, Stanton
Gisbrit de Gant (13th century), Fenstanton, Fennystanton, Fen
Stanton (14th century) and Fenstanton (Modern).
Fenstanton in the time of Domesday belonged to Gilbert de Gaunt,
son of Baldwin, Count of Flanders. It came into the hands of King
Henry III, who gave it to his sister Joan, Queen of Scotland, who
gave part of it to the Abbey of Tarrant, in Dorset. The
remainder again fell into the King’s hands, and he gave it to
Stephen de Segrave. From the Segraves it passed through the families
of Mowbray and Howard, Earls of Nottingham and Dukes of Norfolk, to
the Lords Berkeley.
The parish church of St Peter and St Paul, Fenstanton, is a stone
building of the Early English and Perpendicular periods, and
consists of an unusually large and lofty chancel, nave with
clerestory, nave-aisles, and a tower surmounted by a “broach” spire.
Four of the windows in the chancel are filled with stained glass, as
memorials respectively to Rev. Stanley Walton (a former vicar), Miss
Cowling, Mr and Mrs Hewlins, and Mrs Haylock Watson. The east window
is seventeen feet wide, and has seven lights showing beautiful
tracery. There is also the chancel monument of the famous landscape
gardener, well known in the early part of the 19th century as
Lancelot "Capability" Brown (External website will
open in a new window). The living is in the gift of the Master and
Fellows of Trinity Hall Cambridge. More notes about the History of
Fenstanton has many quaint and interesting houses and a curious
clock-tower (see photograph above) on the Green which was formerly a
17th Century Market Hall of two storeys, the lower of which was
adapted as a lock-up at a later date.
Fenstanton is one of the parishes of the District of
Huntingdonshire, whose administrative centre is
Huntingdon, the other principle towns being
home of the Chapel on the Bridge,
the largest town in the County of Cambridgeshire, the Roman town of
site of the former Abbey.
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offers and/or SALE items that are available from the
site members but you may follow this link to view all the
current what's HOT in the district.
Forthcoming Events in or around Fenstanton
Here are the next five events in the Huntingdonshire Event Diary, the local ones are coloured GOLD and
clicking the title will open links to event detail on this website whilst
following the "Out of Village' events will open in a new window on their
own website. Click 'Show Summary' for exactly what it says,
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