Huntingdon received a charter from John in 1206 and was granted parliamentary representation in the 13th cent., with two seats for the borough and two for the county. The main weight of property was in the estates at Hinchingbroke, just outside Huntingdon, and Kimbolton in the west. Since the two cousins, the earls of Manchester and of Sandwich, both supported Parliament, and Cromwell himself sat for the borough, the county was firmly in the Eastern Association during the Civil War. Charles I led a forlorn hope into Huntingdon after the battle of Naseby but was soon obliged to withdraw.
The county remained overwhelmingly rural. Drained by the Ouse, the western parts were good arable land, the eastern good grazing land. Cobbett in 1822 echoed Camden in the 1580s in admiring the meadows around Huntingdon—‘the most beautiful that I ever saw in my life—it would be very difficult to find a more delightful spot in the world’. The main line from King's Cross to Edinburgh passes through the middle of the shire without causing much disturbance. Godmanchester and Kimbolton slowly stagnated, but the existence of several other flourishing market towns seems to have inhibited the growth of Huntingdon—St Ives and St Neots remain comparable in size, and Ramsey, in the north-east, is considerably bigger. Just before the merger in the 1970s, the population of the county was a little over 80,000.
J. A. Cannon
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Huntingdon and Peterborough
Huntingdon and Peterborough, former county, E central England. In 1974, Huntingdon and Peterborough became part of the nonmetropolitan county of Cambridgeshire.
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