Welcome to Wistow

The Village Sign in the Huntingdonshire village of Wistow
View over Alconbury Brook and the two bridges in Wistow, Huntingdonshire


Wystowe (10th and 12th century), Kingestune (id est Wistow 10th century), Kingestune (11th century) and Wistow (Modern).

Wistow lies on a by-road which turns off westwards midway between Bury and Warboys. It is a small village by a little stream which flows down to it from Broughton.

Wistow, formerly Kingston, was given to Ramsey Abbey by Oswold, Archbishop of York. Like other Abbey property it fell to Sir Richard Cromwell, and was held by that family till the heavy fines imposed on Sir Oliver Cromwell by Parliament compelled him to sell it about the middle of 17th century. It was purchased by Sir Nicholas Pedley, and then came by descent to A. Forster.

In the early 20th century the main residences were; The old Manor House bearing the date 1662, let in two tenements. The Lodge the home of Mrs De la Pryme, and belonged to that family. The Chestnuts the property and residence of Thomas Dorrington, the Manor House (probably the house of Claxton’s Manor) the residence of C. H. I. Forster; and "The Laburnums" of T. U. Dorrington.

The church , on the site of its Domesday Book predecessor, dates from 1347-51 with an earlier font (13th century) and a tower built in the mid-sixteenth century. Inside is an old rood screen and some medieval glass of good design.

Wistow is one of the parishes of the District of Huntingdonshire, whose administrative centre is Huntingdon, the other principle towns being St Ives home of the Chapel on the Bridge, St Neots the largest town in the County of Cambridgeshire, the Roman town of Godmanchester and Ramsey site of the former Abbey.

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St Ives Carnival

We all had a great day at St Ives Carnival yesterday. The parade from the town centre was very well attended and it took ages for the many floats to pass by on their way to the park. During the afternoon the entertainments were great culminating with the talented Chloe and the Huntingdon Concert Band. The day ended with a fabulous Firework display.

The organisers and their numerous helpers should be proud of their enthusiasm and achievement in putting on a brilliant show.

If you missed yesterday then you really did miss out but you can make it up to yourself and attend the Music Festival in the park today from noon until around nine this evening.

Don't forget it's the Huntingdon Carnival in a few weeks too

News Date: 15/07/2018 10:20

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Forthcoming Events in or around Wistow

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, without going anywhere!

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An 'Out of Village' event in St Ives

From 08:30 until 14:00 on Saturday 21/07/2018 at The Pavement

An 'Out of Village' event in Little Paxton

On 26/07/2018 19:00 at Little Paxton Village Hall Car Park

An 'Out of Village' event in St Neots

From 08:00 until 13:00 on Saturday 28/07/2018 at St Neots Market Place

An 'Out of Village' event in Little Paxton

From 10:00 until 12:00 on Wednesday 01/08/2018 at Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields

An 'Out of Village' event in Little Paxton

From 19:00 until 21:00 on Thursday 02/08/2018 at Little Paxton Village Hall Car Park

More forthcoming events in Wistow

This site is listed in the British Towns and Villages Encyclopaedia of Great Britain and we can be found in the entry for Wistow