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Great Gidding



Great Gidding is situated on the west Cambridgeshire border in Huntindonshire, about 16km northwest of the town of Huntingdon and along the northern banks of the Alconbury Brook, a tributary of the River Ouse. The main linear road through the village sits at 65m OD in the north, down to 40m OD along the rivers edge and has underlying geology of mudstone clay and superficial deposits of terrace sands and gravels, as well as silt and clay deposits.

The settlement was recorded in the Domesday Book on AD1086 as Geddinge with the affix manga, which is Latin for great, added by the early 13th century. The name Geddinge likely means 'the settlement of the family or followers of a man called Gydda'. Great and Little Gidding were one parish at the time of the Domesday survey, when there was also three major landowners at that time, Eustace the Sheriff, William Engaine and the Abbots of Ramsey. During the 12th century about 700 acres of William Engaine's land was separated and became Little Gidding. The church in Great Gidding is dedicated to St Michael and has its origins from the 13th century.


Local Information Websites

The Giddings Village Website

The Giddings History Group

Great Gidding Domesday Book

British History Online

Historic England

Heritage Gateway



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Great Gidding Pottery Distribution Maps 2018


Click here for the summary report from the Great Gidding test pitting