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    Huntingdon's most famous son

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    I have to say that Huntingdon itself has little to recommend it, a rather boring little town full of boring shops and boring people.

    On the other hand it does house, in the old Grammar school a museum dedicated to Huntingdon's most famous son in English History - the Lord protector himself, Oliver Cromwell.

    He was born and bred here, attending the Grammar school, before launching into the mayhem of the English civil war. Samuel Pepys was also educated in the same place. He had the good sense to travel down to London to write most of it. If he had stayed in Huntingdon the diary would have been alot less successful.
    "Tuesday. Got up. Watched some cows. Shopped at ASDA. Got drunk. Went to bed"
    "Wednesday. Got up. Watched some cows...etc, etc"

    Although Huntingdon itself is not a great draw, there are several places within easy walking distance that are well worth exploring.

    An impressive ancient bridge leads to the next door town of Godmanchester, which is exceptionally pretty and just to the south of the town lies Hinchingbrooke house. The house is open on Summer sunday afternoons. It's history is impressive, although it is used nowadays as the the sixth form center and staff areas of the local secondary school. The staffroom has something of the flavour of a minor public school. You can almost imagine someone saying :
    "I'm off to give Dilkins minor a good thrashing 'round the back of the bikesheds for sneering at me during latin prep"

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