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The College of Animal Welfare

The College of Animal Welfare (CAW), the CAW Business School and the Dog Grooming Workshop are all located in this building in Godmanchester

Laura Kemp and Sami Cooper gave me a guided tour of this really interesting facility in Godmanchester

I saw technology enabled classrooms and meeting rooms, laboratories for training veterinary nurses and accountancy. I also met a couple of dogs being pampered in the Dog Grooming training facility

A great visit - thank you Laura and Sami

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5/9/16
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All Saints Parish Church Hartford is now on the map
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All Saints Parish Church - Hartford

This is one of my favourite places. What a great place to sit and contemplate the world - with great views down the river and across the meadows


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Huntingdon Castle

In 1068 a Norman motte and bailey castle was built for William the Conqueror. During the Anarchy the castle was held by David, King of Scotland through his marriage to Maud, 2nd Countess of Huntingdon. He supported Empress Matilda in a battle of succession and the castle was much damaged at this time. However, when the succession was settled, David's son Henry paid homage to King Stephen who in turn gave him the borough of Huntingdon in addition to the castle.

By 1173 the castle was still held by the kings of Scotland, at that time by William the Lion. He had sided with Henry, the rebel son of Henry II, during the Revolt of 1173–1174, and the castle was besieged by Richard de Luci. The siege was taken over by Simon de St. Lis but it did not end until Henry II (who had just performed penance at the tomb of Thomas Becket) arrived at Huntingdon. The siege ended the following day and Henry then ordered that the castle be dismantled.

Parts of the castle did remain, including the chapel, and its ownership passed through a number of hands. The castle was refortified during the Civil War. For a time it served as the county gaol and later a windmill stood on the castle mound. Nothing now remains of the castle itself although the site is a scheduled ancient monument.
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5/8/16
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The Sebastapol Cannon

The 31st Huntingdonshire Regiment fought at Sebastapol and the men who died there are commemorated in St Mary's Church. The gun that first stood on this plinth was captured from the Russians at Sebastapol and placed here as a permanent memorial to the men of Huntingdon who fought in the Crimea

In 1942 the Sebastapol cannon was removed by the MOD in order to be melted down and used in the manufacture of armaments for an even more desperate conflict.

The cannon you see today is a replica, cast as a copy of an identical Russian gun which stands in the grounds of Ely Cathedral

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5/7/16
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George Hay

George Hay Chartered Accountants are based in St George's House. I have known Barry and Toni for many years and a well as normal consultancy skills they are experts in Tax and Charities

There are a number of smaller businesses based in St George's House

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Huntingdon District Council

HDC has a great building - but why is the car park full on a Saturday morning (is this a free perk for council workers? ) and why are there so many "no entry to the public" signs on the door.

HDC seem to forget that local residents are not customers - this building belongs to us and we elect (or employ) the people working in the building - they are public servants and we are the public !!

At weekends the car park should be open to the public and all the facilities should have free public access at all times

District Council staff with free parking at weekends will have no perception of the parking problems in the town and how public transport provision is so poor

All parking in the town centre should be free and public transport should be so good that you would never think of getting in your car

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Hunts Post

The Hunts Post offices on the High Street in Huntingdon belies a big modern extension at the rear

The front picture is getting a lot of hits - not quite sure why

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The Sandford House Hotel

The new Wetherspoon's owned hotel due to open in June 2015. The building used to be a Post Office and a Church Hall - so quite an extensive regeneration. Has been derelict for many years so will provide a big commercial lift to this part of town

I have put up a change request to Google Maps

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Huntingdon Beacon

This beacon is part of the national beacon network that is lit to celebrate significant national events

Recently was lit to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.
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