Eaton Socon

Eaton Socon

infobox UK place

country = England
latitude= 52.22
longitude= -0.29
official_name= Eaton Socon
population = 5,547 [cite web
url=http://www.huntsdc.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/1697D5FA-D5A0-4330-8290-69F34650C897/0/EatonSocon.pdf
author=Huntingdonshire District Council
title=Census 2001
]
shire_district= Huntingdonshire
shire_county = Cambridgeshire
region= East of England

constituency_westminster= Huntingdon
post_town= ST NEOTS
postcode_district = PE19
postcode_area= PE
dial_code= 01480
os_grid_reference= TL165595

Eaton Socon is a district of St Neots in Cambridgeshire, England. [cite web
url=http://www.huntsdc.gov.uk/Community+and+People/Neighbourhood-village/Towns+and+Villages/St+Neots
author=Huntingdonshire District Council
title=St Neots
] It was originally a village in Bedfordshire along with the neighbouring village of Eaton Ford, but officially became part of the town in 1965. Eaton Socon changed relatively little until this time, but on its inclusion into Cambridgeshire a significant amount of development took place to the west of the village into the 1980s, with areas covering Monarch Road and the upper end of Nelson Road being developed in a particularly short space of time. The population of Eaton Socon is around 5000 people.

The village is mentioned as "Eaton" in the "Domesday Book", when the manor belonged to Eudo Dapfier. In the 13th century the village became a "Soke", which meant it was independent of the local Hundred Court at Barford. In time, "Soke" became "Socon". The village was also previously known as "Sudbury".

Eaton Socon lies close to the west bank of the River Great Ouse. There is a weir (constructed in 1967) and associated lock gates to allow river navigation. The riverbank is home to a popular local inn, The River Mill Tavern. Nearby are the remains of Eaton Socon Castle. The parish church, St Mary's, stands on the picturesque green in the centre of the village. It burned down in the 1930s after a fire started in the organ, but was completely rebuilt in the original style soon after.

The centre of Eaton Socon is characterised by small thatched cottages along the Great North Road and side roads such as Peppercorns Lane and School Lane. Great North Road is lined with a number of local business premises. The White Horse pub dates back to the 13th Century, was a Royal Mail staging post and is mentioned by Charles Dickens in "Nicholas Nickleby". The village retains a great deal of atmosphere and traditional May Day celebrations are still held every year on the green.

The A1 passed through the village along the Great North Road until the Eaton Socon bypass opened in 1971. A second bypass was opened in 1985 to enable traffic travelling between the A1 and Cambridge to avoid Eaton Socon, Eaton Ford and St Neots.

For details of Eaton Socon's history, see the article History of St Neots.

External links

* [http://www.escan.org.uk/ Eatons Community Association]
* [http://www.biffvernon.freeserve.co.uk/eaton_socon.htm Eaton Socon on the Great North Road]
* [http://www.stneots-tc.gov.uk www.stneots-tc.gov.uk] – Contains information on Eaton Socon
* [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/HUN/EatonSocon/index.html Genealogy of Eaton Socon (and Hamlets)]

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Eaton Socon — Original name in latin Eaton Socon Name in other language Eaton Socon State code GB Continent/City Europe/London longitude 52.21752 latitude 0.28925 altitude 24 Population 12712 Date 2011 03 03 …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • Eaton Socon Rural District — Eaton Socon was a rural district in Bedfordshire, England from 1894 to 1934.It was formed under the Local Government Act 1894 from that part of the St. Neots rural sanitary district which was in Bedfordshire (the rest forming St. Neots Rural… …   Wikipedia

  • Eaton Socon Castle — stood beside the River Ouse in the village of Eaton Socon, which was originally a village in Bedfordshire but is now a district of St Neots in Cambridgeshire (gbmapping|TL174588).The castle was a Norman double enclosure, whose construction… …   Wikipedia

  • Eaton — may refer to:Buildings*Eaton Centre, the name of various shopping malls across Canada *Toronto Eaton Centre, a large retail and office complex in Toronto, Ontario *Eaton s / John Maryon Tower, a cancelled skyscraper in Toronto *Eaton Center… …   Wikipedia

  • Eaton (Homonymie) — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sommaire 1 Patronyme 2 Économie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eaton Ford — infobox UK place country = England static static image caption= latitude= 52.2272 longitude= 0.2859 official name = Eaton Ford population = shire district= shire county= Cambridgeshire region= East of England constituency westminster= post town=… …   Wikipedia

  • Eaton (homonymie) — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sommaire 1 Patronyme 2 Économie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • History of St Neots — St Neots is a town in the Huntingdonshire district of Cambridgeshire, England. The town originally developed next to a mediaeval priory in the form of market stalls. These were replaced over the years by permanent structures, which eventually… …   Wikipedia

  • Cambridgeshire Football Association County League — The Cambridgeshire Football League, currently styled as the Kersham Cambridgeshire League for sponsorship purposes is a football competition covering Cambridgeshire and western parts of Suffolk in England. It has a total of 14 divisions, headed… …   Wikipedia

  • Huntingdonshire — District   Non metropolitan district   Huntingdonshire shown within Cambridgeshire …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”