Huntingdon is well known as the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell. In the 17th Century, he was a member of parliament (MP) for the town. Huntingdon is also famous for the ex-prime minister John Major, who was the leader of the Conservative party from 1990 to 1997; he was also the MP for the town from 1979 to 2001.
The Great River Ouse lies on the north bank of the town and is situated close to Godmanchester and the market town of St.Ives in the east. The village of Brampton lies to the west of Huntingdon and incorporates the village of Hartford in the east and the surrounding areas of Oxmoor, Stukeley Meadows, and Hinchinbrook to the west.
The areas between Godmanchester, Huntingdon, and Brampton has one of the largest areas of grassland meadows. There are many rare species of wildflowers and dragonflies, also in this habitat you can find the Marsh Dandelion, which is the only place in Great Britain where it can be found. At certain times of the year when we have heavy rainfall, the river will burst its banks and overflow into this grassed meadow area, this area act as a flood zone preventing the water from flooding the town.
Huntingdon supports many local businesses; these include the local horse-racing course and Huntingdon racecourse. There is also the Hinchingbrooke Business Park that has a mixture of offices and warehouses.
There is also a well-known haunted house in Huntingdon, called Hinchingbrooke House, this used to be a convent, Benedictine nunnery in the 11th century. The Alconbury Brook Bridge that allows the crossing of the brook, named Nun’s Bridge is said to be haunted by a nun, and she is often accompanied by another ghost which is believed to be a nurse. It is said that the nun had a lover, who was thought to be a monk and he caused them both to be murdered.
Today Hinchingbrooke House is used for wedding ceremonies and events.