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Linton is a village in rural Cambridgeshire, England, on the border with Essex. In AD 1086 the Domesday Book recorded the village as Lintone, with 27 households and two mills.[1] The civil parish population at the 2011 Census was 4,525.[1] It has been expanded much since the 1960s and is now one of many dormitory villages around Cambridge. The railway station was on the Stour Valley Railway between Shelford and Colchester, closed since 1967. The Rivey Hill overlooks the village, with its famous water tower. The River Granta runs through the village.

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Linton village sign showing the clapper stile
Linton is located in Cambridgeshire
Linton shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 4,525 (2011)
OS grid reference TL560469
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CB21
Dialling code 01223
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°05′57″N 0°16′37″E / 52.0991°N 0.277°E / 52.0991; 0.277Coordinates: 52°05′57″N 0°16′37″E / 52.0991°N 0.277°E / 52.0991; 0.277

Linton Zoo is on the southern edge of Linton, whilst Chilford Hall and its vineyards are to the north side, beyond Linton's best-known feature, Rivey Tower. The A1307 passes through the village.

The Icknield Way Path passes through the village on its 110-mile journey from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk. The Icknield Way Trail, a route for walkers, horse riders and off-road cyclists also passes through the village.

Many businesses are based in Linton, with several around the trading estate at The Grip and along the High Street, where there are three public houses.

A recent local tradition is the Wacky Races. This event occurs on the second Bank Holiday Weekend in May, and involves participants dressed in comedy costumes, racing down the High Street, stopping in all the pubs for a pint, and then racing through the fields next to the village and back down the High Street, again drinking in the pubs.[citation needed]

The author Graham Greene's wife once owned The Queens House in Linton. His wife Vivien bought the house in 1947 but sold the house in 1948. The house is on the High Street and is opposite The Crown pub.



There are four schools in Linton. Linton CE Infant School is a school in the middle of the village, adjacent to St. Mary's church, teaching children aged 4 to 7. At the Balsham end of the village, on Wheatsheaf Way, is Linton Heights Junior School a primary school in which teaches children from ages 7 to 11. Linton Village College is alongside the A1307, the main Haverhill-to-Cambridge road, and teaches children aged 11 to 16, including those from several surrounding villages. The Granta School is one of Cambridgeshire's six area special schools. This caters for pupils with special educational needs from the ages of 3 to 19, and is located next to Linton Village College.

Popular cultureEdit

Fictional character Alan Partridge stayed at the also fictional Linton Travel Tavern in I'm Alan Partridge, claiming that Linton is equidistant between London and Norwich.[2] Indeed, Linton is near the halfway point of the London-to-Norwich A11 trunk road, although some four miles from the actual road.[citation needed] The actual location used for the BBC television series was the Hilton Hotel on the A41 near Bushey in south Hertfordshire.

St Mary's ChurchEdit

St. Mary's Anglican Church is more properly known by its dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary and is therefore the Parish Church of St. Mary-the-Virgin serving the whole ecclesiastical parish of Linton. It has been established here on the banks of the River Granta for more than 800 years.

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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Fake home page of the fictional Linton Travel Tavern