Tuesday 17 April 2012

Stairlifts Huntingdonshire – Stairlifts Cambridgeshire

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If however, you are looking for fascinating facts about the area then feel free to read on.

Stairlifts Huntingdonshire – Stairlifts Cambridgeshire

How confusing!  Huntingdonshire sounds like a county but is in fact just a district in Cambridgeshire that no longer has county status.  It’s made up of three main towns: St Neots the largest town in Cambridgeshire (both Cambridge and Peterborough are bigger but are both cities!), Huntingdon and St Ives.

Castle Comfort Stair Lifts of course have been busy advising and supplying stairlifts to this corner of Cambridgeshire for virtually 15 years.  We know that approximately 300 people in these towns already own stairlifts – that’s about 2.6 of the retired population.  How do we know?  We keep a note of the statistics, why not visit our homepage to find out more.

If you live in this area and are in need of some help to get up and down your stairs, please get in contact.  We have a good range of stairlifts from all the leading UK manufacturers for whom we are agents.  We can advise you on which one is best for you.

Please call our local office on  01604 269919  .

Did you know?
Huntingdonshire is where the sport Bandy originated.  If you don’t know what this sport is you aren’t alone.  Bandy is also known as Russian hockey which gives you a clue.  It is played on ice with sticks that look very similar to hockey sticks and a ball!  Russia also claims to be the inventor of the game and documents dating back to 10th and 11th century have been found in Russian monasteries to support this.  The English version though is claimed by Huntingdonshire and the rules which differ to the Russian rules were put together by the Bury Fens Club in 1882.

St Neots
Named after a Saxon monk whose bones were kept in a nearby monastery, St Neots has a great setting on the River Great Ouze.  It has one of the most ancient and largest Market Places which still has a Thursday market and has done since the 12th century.

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Merchant houses from the 18th century line one side of the market square; historic buildings are all around the town in fact which has more than 100 listed buildings.  St Neots can thank the river and Riverside Park, Priory Park and the Common for the green spaces which really make this town special.

In the 19th century St Neots thrived thanks to corn milling, brewing and stage coaching and of course later the railways.  St Neots has become a busy dormitory and commuter town which includes Eynesbury - the original settlement here - as well as Eaton Ford and Eaton Socon.  Technology based industries and good transport links keep the town thriving.

Just 11 miles north west of St Neots, Huntingdon also hugs the banks of the River Great Ouze.  Famous as the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell, Huntingdon is also a market town founded by the Anglo-Saxons and the Danes.

The town’s George Hotel was a well known coaching centre in the 18th & 19th centuries.  At one time, it was owned by Cromwell’s grandfather; and became headquarters for Charles 1 during the civil war.  Dick Turpin is reputed to have been a frequent visitor.  Now the balcony and courtyard which remain despite fires in the 19th century are used for Shakespeare plays preformed by a local trust, Shakespeare at the George.

John Major was MP for Huntingdon when he was Britain’s Prime Minister.

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Local Hinchingbrook House, a 16th century building around an 11th century nunnery and once the home of the Earl of Sandwich is said to be haunted.  The legend goes that one of the nuns at the old convent had a monk as her lover which resulted in their murder.  She is said to haunt the house and the local Alconbury Bridge and is often seen with a second apparition that looks like a nurse.

Stair mobility
You might not be able to claim to walk through walls – or even up stairs – like a ghostly apparition so a stairlift could be just what you need!  We can supply straight or curved stairlifts or perch stairlifts for those of you who are unable to bend your knees.  Have a look at our stairlift comparisons to see which one foots the bill for you and take a look at our competitive prices too.

We can get a stairlift installed for you quickly often within 24 hours and we have 24/7 after care service if needed.  If you’d like to know more call us on 01604 269919.

St Ives
Just 7 miles east of Huntingdon and just under 20 miles from St Neots, is St Ives also on the River Great Ouze.  St Ives got its name from a Persian Bishop Ivo who was found buried in the town more than a 1000 years ago.  Before that St Ives was known as Slepe.

It seems St Ives has always been an important market town using the river as a means of transport to London markets prior to the railways.  As with many market towns, St Ives has always hosted many pubs and inns.  A record of 64 were noted in 1838; the equivalent of 1 per 55 inhabitants.  By 1861 the number was down to 60 dwindling to 45 by the end of the century.  Today there are 17 pubs.

One site has had a pub there for more than 400 years – the Dolphin; the White Hart dates back to the beginning of the 18th century as do the nelsons Head and the Golden Lion though they have changed their names over the centuries.  The Robin Hood also claims to go back to at least the same time but was originally two pubs called The Angel and The Swan.

Big names connected to Huntingdonshire
·         Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdon and attended Huntingdon Grammar School.  He was also elected MP for Huntingdon and eventually led the Parliamentarians in the civil war.  He became Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland – king in everything but name

·         Samuel Pepys like Oliver Cromwell attended Huntingdon Grammar School.  His famous diary kept from 1660 – 1669 is important for is observations of great events of the period like the Great Plague, The Fire of London, the Second Dutch War as well as personal entries

·         Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife lived at Kimbolton Castle just a few miles from St Neots

·         John Major was elected as MP for Huntingdon in 1983.  He became Prime Minister in 1990 until 1997 following Margaret Thatcher into office; Tony Blair followed him as Prime Minister

·         John Bellingham lived in St Neots.  His claim to fame – he assassinated Prime Minister Spencer Perceval in 1812

·         Mark Foster, the Olympic swimmer lives in St Neots

·         Actress Rula Lenska was born in St Neots.  Her real name and title at birth were Countess Roza-Marie Leopoldyna Lubienska, daughter of a Polish Count

Now you’ve read some of the fascinating facts about this part of the country don’t forget why you are visiting this site.  If you need any advice about choosing a stair or chairlift, we can help.  Our local team at Castle Comfort Stair Lifts can advise and assess just what you need.

Don’t forget to make use of our £50 voucher at the top of the page and if you need more help then take a look at our blog about grants or see the 0% finance option.

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