Welcome to Warboys

The Clock Tower in the village of Warboys in Huntingdonshire
The Clock Tower in the village of Warboys, Huntingdonshire


Wardebusc (11th century), Wardebusche (12th century), Wardeboys (13th - 17th century) and Warboys (Modern).

Warboys, one of the largest villages in the District of Huntingdonshire, is conveniently situated between the Old Hurst - Ramsey road, B1040 and the Huntingdon - Chatteris road, A141, with a third road linking the two to form the main village street and also running south-east to Pidley. Yet another road runs dead straight from the disused railway station across reclaimed fenland to the north-east where the altitude varies between -1 and +3 feet above sea level to form the most level area in the district. The village of Warboys itself is mostly between 75 and 100 feet above sea level.

About the year 974, Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, gave the manor of Warboys to Ramsey Abbey, which house continued to hold it until the Dissolution, when it passed with other Abbey property to Sir Richard Cromwell. From this family it passed to the Lemans about the time of the Commonwealth; later it came into the possession of the Pelly family, and at the death of Sir Henry Pelly, it passed to his two daughters. Near the church is the Manor House, an old brick building, the property of Lady Balcarres, daughter of Sir Henry Pelly, and the residence, in 1910, of George Ekins.

The Warboys parish church of St Mary Magdalene, on the road to Old Hurst, has a graceful Early English broach tower and spire. The chancel arch is older, being Norman. Other noteworthy features include a late 12th century knocker, a restored 13th century font, a 14tth century grave slab and a 17th century parish chest.

From the 17th century, too, are several interesting houses and an old inn in the village of Warboys. There is also an old barn, former Manor House and former Rectory. The old rectory garden is particularly lovely being designed by Sir Joseph Paxton. A tall clock tower in the centre of Warboys was erected by public subscription to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

In monastic times there stood on a island in the fen, between Chatteris and Warboys, a small chapel dedicated to St James, it is now a farmhouse and a farm on the road leading to St Ives, called “The Wilderness,” is famous as the birthplace of Sergeant Ballantyne.

Warboys 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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Replacing the Maps

Further to my earlier post regarding our use of Google Maps and Google's decision to charge us, and every one else who uses them, I have now replaced the maps on our five town websites with those supplied by Open Street Map. As it turns out I think they are better quality maps too.

Once the code settles down and I am convinced I don't have hidden gremlins in it I will roll the new maps to the remaining Hunts Web village and parish websites.

News Date: 12/10/2018 15:44

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Michaelmas Fair

Yes, this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; the 8th, 9th and 10th October, it is time again for the huge Michaelmas Fair in St Ives. Come along and have some fun.

News Date: 06/10/2018 17:53

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Google Maps

It seems like Google wants us to pay to be able to use their maps but that is not going to happen, they are wealthy enough as it is. So over this autumn we will be replacing the Google Maps on the Huntingdonshire websites with a new map service.

We are currently in the process of adding these new maps to our large, sister site, the British Towns Network and they are working very well indeed.

In the meantime, we apologise for any inconvenience.

UPDATE Monday 8th - The prototypes of the new maps are now functional on the St Ives Town Website.

News Date: 05/10/2018 13:10

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Forthcoming Events in or around Warboys

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!

If you are organising an event anywhere if Huntingdonshire then follow this link for information on how to add a new event and advertise your event on over 50 websites

An 'Out of Village' event in St Ives

From 08:30 until 14:00 on Saturday 20/10/2018 at The Pavement

An 'Out of Village' event in St Ives

From 19:30 until 21:45 on Friday 26/10/2018 at Corn Exchange

An 'Out of Village' event in St Neots

From 08:00 until 13:00 on Saturday 27/10/2018 at St Neots Market Place

An 'Out of Village' event in St Ives

From 08:30 until 14:00 on Saturday 03/11/2018 at The Pavement

An 'Out of Village' event in St Neots

From 08:00 until 13:00 on Saturday 10/11/2018 at St Neots Market Place

More forthcoming events in Warboys

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