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Linton, Cambridgeshire

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.[2] 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
Population4,525 (2011)
OS grid referenceTL560469
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCB21
Dialling code01223
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
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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.

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.

The Wacky Races was a local annual event that occurred from 2002 to 2006 on the second Bank Holiday Weekend in May. It began on the extended Bank Holiday Weekend, which commemorated Queen Elizabeth II's 50th coronation anniversary, and raise money for local charities. Participants would race in comedic, homemade costumes and carts down the High Street, with one teammate stopping in each pub to have a pint, and then racing through the fields next to the village and back down the High Street, again drinking in the pubs. Along the course, Firemen, from Linton Fire Station, would spray water at the racers, as well as spectators utilising water pistols and water bombs.[3]

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.

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 end of the village facing Balsham, 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.[4] 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. St. Mary also has a small bellringing group who practice with 6 bells, which were recently rennervated,[5] they are associate with the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers.[6]

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  1. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "Linton | Domesday Book". Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  2. ^ "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics". Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  3. ^ "Linton News May 2002". Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  4. ^ Fake home page of the fictional Linton Travel Tavern
  5. ^ "Linton News April 2005" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Cambridge towers - Ely DA Bells". Retrieved 2018-10-27.