Welcome to Upwood and the Raveleys

The High Street of the Huntingdonshire village of Upwood
The High Street of the Huntingdonshire village of Upwood, Huntingdonshire


Upwood and the Raveleys, Great Raveley and Little Raveley, extend into the Fen country from the higher land to the north of Huntingdon. Richard Cromwell lived at Upwood House, a picturesque 17th century residence. The Cross Keys Inn and Carlton House also date from the 17th century.


The parish of Upwood was once the residence of Duke Ailwyn, who was owner of the manor which he gave to the Abbey of Ramsey on its foundation. It continued the property of the Abbey until its Dissolution, when it passed to Sir Richard Cromwell; it was sold by the Cromwell’s to Judge Peter Pheasant, October 20th 1648, and it came by heir-ship in 1732 to Leman Hutchins, and about 1767 came to Sir Richard Bickerton, Knight and Baronet, passing in 1845 to Richard Hussey Hussey, and in 1899 to Colonel Moubray who resided in the old house where Henry Cromwell resided in 1630, which is believed to have been built on the site of the residence of Duke Ailwyn.

The parish church at Upwood, the Church of St Peter, has a modern tower but retains much Norman work including the font, with a 17th century cover, and the chancel arch which has "settled" rather unsymmetrically. The north aisle screen and splendid chancel screen are of 15th century workmanship.

Great Raveley

At Great Raveley are various earthworks and moated sites. Buildings of 17th century dating include the Manor House and the former Three Horseshoes Inn, now a private dwelling. There is no church in this tiny village.

Little Raveley

The even smaller village of Little Raveley did have a correspondingly small church, the Church of St James, which has an Early English chancel and a 15th century nave. The church has closed and the building is now used as a private residence.

Upwood and the Raveleys 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.

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The Flood Warning for the Lower River Great Ouse in Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Cambridgeshire has been removed.

News Date: 17/11/2019 11:14

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Flood Alert 15 Nov 2019

Please note a FLOOD ALERT for areas of Huntingdonshire in effect as follows:

River levels are rising as a result of heavy rainfall yesterday. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible today, 15/11/19. We expect flooding to affect River Great Ouse from Wyboston to Earith, including Hen Brook, Fox Brook, Brampton Brook, Back Brook, Hall Green Brook, Parsons Drove Drain, Swavesey Drain and Wadsbys Folly. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to continue rising today. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated this afternoon, or as the situation changes.

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Forthcoming Events in or around Upwood and the Raveleys

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An 'Out of Village' event in Huntingdon

From 12:00 until 19:30 on Friday 22/11/2019 at Huntingdon Market Place

An 'Out of Village' event in Huntingdon

From 14:00 until 19:30 on Friday 22/11/2019 at All Saints Church (Huntingdon)

An 'Out of Village' event in Huntingdon

From 18:30 until 20:00 on Friday 22/11/2019 at Huntingdon Market Place

An 'Out of Village' event in St Neots

From 08:00 until 13:00 on Saturday 23/11/2019 at St Neots Market Place

An 'Out of Village' event in Huntingdon

From 10:00 until 19:30 on Saturday 23/11/2019 at Huntingdon Market Place

More forthcoming events in Upwood and the Raveleys

This site is listed in the British Towns and Villages Encyclopaedia of Great Britain and we can be found in the entry for Upwood