These ‘sister’ towns have
distinctive Roman origins.
Godmanchester started out as a settlement on a crucial crossroads - the Via Devana ran from Colchester to Chester while Ermine Street linked London with York.
The town became one of England’s earliest boroughs and was granted a charter in 1213.
Today it forms part of Huntingdon and the two are separated only by a stretch of land crossed by footpaths and channels of the River Great Ouse.
Handsome Huntingdon boasts a beautiful 13th century road bridge, a number of fine Georgian properties and a strong association with the Cromwell family.
Oliver ‘Lord Protector’
Cromwell was born here and was baptised at All
Saints Church, where his father is buried.
The George Hotel was once owned by his grandfather while his great-grandfather owned Hinchingbrooke House which was bought by Sir Sydney Montague in June 1627 and remained in his family until the 1960's.
Oliver Cromwell and the diarist Samuel Pepys were both pupils at Huntingdon’s old grammar school, which is now the Cromwell museum.