The sign that welcomes drivers to the village
Pidley shown within Cambridgeshire
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The name of the village originally meant "Woodland clearing of a man called Pyda".
The village of Pidley has formed a single parish with that of neighbouring Fenton throughout its history. Together they were known as Pidele et Fenton in the 13th century, and Pidley has been variously listed as Pidel, Puddele, and Pydele during medieval times. The manor was held by Ely Abbey until the Dissolution of the Monasteries and passed to the Bishop of Ely.
The medieval parish church of All Saints stood on the site of the present church between at least the 12th century until it was pulled down in 1863. The Victorian replacement was constructed between 1864-5 using much of the original stone for the facing and has a west tower with spire. The only features surviving from the original church are a 14th-century window reset in the vestry, and a circular sundial in the north wall.
The village has one public house, The Mad Cat.
Pidley is also home to the Pidley Mountain Rescue Team, a charity which does not actually carry out mountain rescue (the area is one of the flattest in the country), but raises money for people with disabilities.
- ^ A. D. Mills (2003). A Dictionary of British Place-Names.
- ^ a b 'Parishes: Pidley with Fenton', A history of the County of Huntingdon: Volume 2 (1932), pp. 185-187. Victoria County History. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42480.
- ^ The bear-faced cheek of it!
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