Welcome to Buckden
and the hamlets of Stirtloe and Hardwick
The Gatehouse of the former Bishop's Palace known as Buckden
Towers in Buckden, Huntingdonshire
Bugedene (11th century); Bugendena, Buggeden, Bukeden
(13th century.); Bokeden (15th century); Bugden (until late 18th
century) and Buckden (Modern
Buckden was the property of the Bishops of Lincoln at
the time of the Domesday Survey, and here, at a quite early date,
they had a palace, for the manor was in those days, almost in the
centre of their diocese, which included Hertfordshire on the south,
Oxfordshire on the south-west, Leicestershire on the north-west, and
reached the Humber on the north. Here Bishop Grosstete died in 1252,
but the palace was practically re-built by Bishops Rotherham (1472 –
1480) and Russell (1480 – 1494). A great red brick tower and a
gatehouse alone remain, known as
Buckden Towers, but a
house was built in the grounds, and was, in 1910, the property and
residence of Sir Arthur Marshall and is now in use by a Roman
Catholic community who have built the
Church of St Hugh of
Linclon in modern style in the grounds which matches remarkably
well with the medieval brick tower and gatehouse.
The village of Buckden today is a pleasant village and much
quieter since it has been by-passed from the main A1, the Great
North Road, to which the village probably owes its existence.
In addition to the former Bishop's Palace, Buckden Towers, there are two historic coaching inns, a fine Manor House and an
interesting parish church in the village and a number of shops
serving the local community.
Buckden is one of the parishes of the District of
Huntingdonshire, whose administrative centre is
Huntingdon, the other principle towns being
home of the Chapel on the Bridge,
the largest town in the County of Cambridgeshire, the Roman town of
site of the former Abbey.
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Forthcoming Events in or around Buckden
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