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LITLINGTON is a parish, about 4 miles north-east from Ashwell station on the Hitchin, Royston and Cambridge line of the London and North Eastern railway, 4 north-west from Royston, in the hundred of Armingford, petty sessional division of Arrington and Melbourn, union and county court district of Royston, rural deanery of Shingay and archdeaconry and diocese of Ely.
The church of St Catharine is a fine specimen of the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells: in the church is a gravestone with an inscription in Norman French, and a memorial to Roger Stoughton, alderman of London, ob. 1690: the church has been restored at a cost or £2,000, and affords 220 sittings. In the churchyard is a Celtic cross of Portland stone, erected n 1919 as a memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. The register dates from the year 1652.
There is a Congregational chapel, seating about 300 persons.
The remains of a large Roman cemetery, containing sepulchral urns and other funeral vessels, were discovered in 1828; a great part of the articles found were at first deposited in Clare College Library, but are now in the Cambridge Geological Museum.
George Massop esq. is lord of the manor of Huntingfield, and the trustees of the late Thomas Graham Foster Pigott esq. (d. 1907) hold the manor of Dovedales
The soil is clayey and chalk, and the subsoil is clay and clunch. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, beans, peas and turnips. The area is 2,172 acres; the population in 1921 was 413.
[Extracts from Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]
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The war memorial and the men on it have been documented on the Roll of Honour website for Cambridgeshire pages.
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