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Coordinates: 52°25′N 0°07′W / 52.42, -0.12
Wistow



Wistow is located in Cambridgeshire
Wistow

 Wistow shown within Cambridgeshire
OS grid reference TL280815
District Huntingdonshire
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament East of England
List of places: UK • England • Cambridgeshire


Wistow, Cambridgeshire – in Huntingdonshire (now part of Cambridgeshire), England – is a village near Warboys south of Ramsey.

  • Wystowe (x cent., xii cent.),
  • Kingestune (id est Wistow x cent.),
  • Kingestune (xi cent.)

Wistow is a small, rural village located in a small secluded valley off the Ramsey to St. Ives Road in Cambridgeshire, through which runs Bury Brook. Wistow is a farming community that has grown up around the central features of its church and manor house.

The church is partly Norman, with some 15th Century painted glass. The manor house dates in part from the early 17th Century, whilst timber-framed houses include the 16th and 17th Century Rooks Grove Farm, Porch House, Thatch Cottage and Lavender Cottage.

There is also a thatched village pub, the Three Horseshoes.

The parish of Wistow consists of a strip of land running north-east and south-west (some 4 miles long) and of varying breadth. It is crossed by the high road from Ramsey to St. Ives at a distance of 2½ miles from Ramsey. Rather more than half the parish is on the west side of this road. In early days the possession of a portion of the fen for the supply of reeds for thatching, fuel, and summer grazing for stock, was very important, and to obtain these advantages Wistow was connected with the fen by a narrow strip of land about 300 yds. wide. The parish contains 2,408 acres, of which 1,853 acres are arable, including fen, 405 acres pasture, 80 acres and 3 roods wood.

The village is rather more than half a mile west of the road from Ramsey to St. Ives, and on the west side of a brook that rises in Abbots Ripton and crosses Kings Ripton; it then partly bounds and partly passes through Wistow, emptying itself at Ramsey into the Fen drainage system. The compact little village is on a slight slope facing east, all but thirteen houses being within a quarter of a mile of the church. It is principally ranged round roads forming an irregular four-sided figure with the church at the south-west corner.

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