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  • Writer's pictureGavin Human

Hooked on Hinxton #FocusFriday

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

Hinxton is a small historical conservation village on the borders of Cambridge and Essex, situated on the River Cam. In this blog we'll have a look at some places of interest, a history that goes back to Neolithic and Bronze Age eras, as well as hear from a local resident.

The village is well connected for transport with major roads nearby and the train station at Great Chesterford a 5min drive or 15mine cycle away. From there it is 15min to Cambridge or 75mins to London.

(A map of the village is at the bottom of this page.)

Just a 20minute walk could take you from one side of Hinxton and the Watermill, across to the Wellcome Trust Wetlands nature Reserve. The Watermill was built in the 17th Century but fell into disrepair in the 1950s before being rescued by Cambridge Past, Present, and Future who carried out significant restoration work. Today it is open to the public as well as staging events and workshops throughout the year. You can read more on the website about opening and events.

The Wetlands Nature Reserve is situated on the site of the Wellcome Trust's Genome Campus, but is open to the public. The 15 acre nature reserve was created to aid wildlife and biodiversity in the area and is a lovely place to explore. The Trust also works with the local Community Conservation Group and the Cambridge Wildlife Trust to maintain and preserve the area. There is a handy guide on their website of what wildlife to look out for during each month.

The first record of the St Mary and St John Church goes back to 1092, but the history of the area goes back much further with burial mounds indicating that people have the Brone Age had made tools there, and two further sites showed flint making in the Neolithic age - so life for thousands of years BC!

The Red Lion is gorgeous pub and restaurant that has a varied menu and a welcoming and cosy atmosphere. Dating back to the 16th Century, the Red Lion also provides B&B inside this Grade II listed building, and the chance to relax in its walled gardens with the church clock tower and the dovecote providing a tranquil view. You can get a locals view on the pub below, and visit their website for a look at their menu.

View from the Village:

I asked a client of mine who bought a property in Hinxton several years ago, to give hs vie on life in the village. Here is what Steve Ashton had to say:

Having lived in Sawston for a number of years we had always thought about moving to either Ickleton or Hinxton, but had never done anything about it. We had some friends that lived in the village who always said what a great village it was. In all fairness, we had always thought it was out of our budget for what we needed, having two growing teenagers. However, we hit lucky one day and were given the nod about a property that was coming on the market and before they put it on, we agreed to buy it. Five years later, we still have work to do on the house, but we absolutely love it. Not only are we blessed with great neighbours on either side, but everyone in the village is just so friendly and during the last couple of years, Covid has really shown what a kind caring village we live in. The local pub The Red Lion is just fantastic and I guess you can call it your typical local village pub. We also have a community newsletter which keeps everyone up to date with village matters and again just helps make Hinxton a lovely place to live. I cannot see us moving out of here, except in a 6ft box. If you are reading this, please come and visit our lovely village. A warm welcome is guaranteed."

If you are thinking of moving house and would like some assistance either selling your current house or finding a new one, don't hesitate to get in touch via my contact page.

Distances approximate from centre of village.


There are two stations within 2miles:

  • Great Chesterford (London 75mins) (Cambridge 15-20mins)

  • Whittlesford Parkway (London 60-75mins) (Cambridge 10-15mins)


There are two primary schools within 2miles:

The two nearest secondary schools are


There are two GPs within 2 miles:

The nearest dental surgery is:

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