Welcome to Earith

The sign of the village of Earith in Huntingdonshire
The sign of the village of Earith, Huntingdonshire


Herhythe, Herhethe (12th century); Herethe, Erehethe, Erhuth (14th century); Earette, Earythe (16th century), Earith (modern).

Earith, the eastern most parish of the District of Huntingdonshire, stands by the River Great Ouse at the southern end of the 30 straight miles of the Old and New Bedford Rivers, the latter better known as the Hundred Foot Drain. Eastwards flows the Ouse, or Old West River, towards the North Sea at Kings Lynn and along it comes holiday makers in boats from Cambridge and Ely to cruise the old and new waterways. The angling, too, is good. A modern sluice bridge regulates the waters in the Hundred Foot.

Between the two embanked waterways are the earthworks called the Bulwarks, a scheduled ancient monument. Although a bronze Roman figure of Jupiter, now in the British Museum, pottery and other Roman remains have been found in Earith the Bulwarks are not Roman but a 17th century Civil War fortification. They cover over 4.5 acres, with a bastioned quadrangle and outworks.

Earith is one of the parishes of the District of Huntingdonshire, whose administrative centre is Huntingdon, the other principle towns being St Ives home of the Chapel on the Bridge, St Neots the largest town in the County of Cambridgeshire, the Roman town of Godmanchester and Ramsey site of the former Abbey. Earith's nearest neighbours are Bluntisham, Colne and Somersham.

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