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  • Writer's pictureGavin Human

Honing in on Hemingford Grey #FocusFriday

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

Situated a few miles away from Huntingdon, and roughly 15 miles north west of Cambridge, Hemingford Grey is a much sought after location and has a rich history and culture that reaches from Sir John Major to Batman!

(There is a map of the area at the bottom of this page along with links to local services.)

It is believed that the Hemingford was listed in the Doomsday book as Emingeforde and derived that name from a Saxon chief. The Manor is one of the oldest continually inhabited houses in Britain and you can visit the garden there that was created by children's author Lucy Boston. She moved to The Manor in 1939 and rechristened it Green Knowe, which then became the home for her award winning books.

The Manor as views from the Great Ouse
The Manor

Her daughter-in-law now runs the visits to the house and shows people around sights that will be familiar to anyone who has read the books.

You could visit the house via a stunning walk along the Great Ouse and take in the beautiful Hemingford Grey Meadow. Rather than attempt to describe the fauna and wildlife you could see there, I shall instead point you to this guide which also includes a handy map.

If you fancy something more adventurous, why not visit Lake Ashmore and the Liquid Skillz team? You can try paddle and wake boarding, open water swimming, and take a ride on an inflatable! No problem if you're a novice, they have fully qualified staff on hand to coach you. You could also just choose to relax and take in the views from the beach area and enjoy a pizza from their wood fired oven! Find out more and how to book by clicking here.

I mentioned Batman didn't I? How does the Caped Crusader fit in with Hemingford Grey? Known as the world's greatest detective Bruce Wayne would sometimes use a different alias other than his alter ego Batman. When he was injured during one of the comic series stories, he went in disguise as an aristocratic called...Sir Hemingford Grey! So if you bump into someone in the village who intones in a deep voice "I'm Batman", they might be telling the truth...

Or if you prefer factual to fictional, Hemingford Grey was also home to former prime minister Sir John Major who moved to the village in 1977 and stayed there through two general elections to 1983.

If you want to live in a village with a good local pub, why not make sure it's a village with an award winning pub? The Cock at Hemingford Grey has twice been National Pub of the Year in the last decade and it's easy to see why. From a tantalising menu and a drinks range including local cider, to their forward looking philosophy, this is a pub that stands out.

dining pod
Dining pod at The Cock

You can book one of their stunning dining pods, and eat feeling assured that they can prove their sustainability credentials AND know that you are helping support local causes. In 2018 they launched the Cambscuisine Community Fund and have since helped raise over £60,000 for different causes.

If you are thinking of moving and would like some assistance with selling your current home, or finding a new one, don't hesitate to get in touch. You can also check house prices in your area by clicking this link.

Do you have a digital property logbook? You can find out all about them and claim yours free right here.

Distances approximate from centre of village.


Huntingdon train station is about 4miles away. Trains from there can get you to Cambridge in 75mins and to London in 65mins.


There is a local primary school in the village:

There is a secondary school just over a mile away:


There are 4 GPs within 2miles:

There are at least 4 dental surgeries within 2 miles:

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