Fenstanton is a village and civil parish on the south side of the River Ouse
in Cambridgeshire, England approximately 2 miles south of St Ives. It is situated within Huntingdonshire which is a non-metropolitan district of Cambridgeshire as well as being a historic county of England. Fenstanton lies Known as Stantun in the 11th century, Staunton and Stanton Gisbrit de Gant in the 13th century, the name Fenstanton (and Fennystanton) appeared from the 14th century. The name "Fenstanton" means "fenland stone enclosure".
Lying on the Via Devana, the Roman road that linked the army camps at Godmanchester and Cambridge, Fenstanton was the site of a Roman villa. The village is the ancestral home of John Howland, one of the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
In the 18th century Lancelot "Capability" Brown, the famous landscape gardener, bought the Lordship of the Manor of Fenstanton and Hilton from the Earl of Northampton. Brown and his wife are buried in the parish churchyard of St Peter and St Paul which dates from the 13th century, though there was an earlier church on the site listed in the Domesday Survey.The cemetery is opposite this parish church, the postcode for which is PE28 9JS.The dividing line between the cemetery and churchyard is not at all clear.
The village also has both a Baptist and a United Reformed Church.
GPS Coordinates: 52.3013, -0.06507
- Added: 22 Feb 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2604713
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