Huntingdon and Godmanchester


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Huntingdon and Godmanchester,

town (1991 pop. 15,451), Cambridgeshire, E central England, traversed by the Ouse River. Seat of the Huntingdon dist., the town has light industries and an agricultural market. Oliver CromwellCromwell, Oliver
, 1599–1658, lord protector of England. Parliamentary General

The son of a gentry family, he entered Cambridge in 1616 but probably left the next year.
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 was born in Huntingdon; both he and Samuel PepysPepys, Samuel
, 1633–1703, English public official, and celebrated diarist, b. London, grad. Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1653. In 1656 he entered the service of a relative, Sir Edward Montagu (later earl of Sandwich), whose secretary he became in 1660.
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 went to school there. Godmanchester, across from the Ouse, contains several farmhouses from the 16th and 17th cent.