Category Archives: Local Interest

Magdalene College Old Library – Public Opening, including Ferrar Papers Exhibition

The Library rooms will be open to the public for viewing on the First Thursday of each month in Spring 2020, 11am to 1pm. 

As well as enjoying the historic, book lined rooms, visitors will be able to see displays of items from the College in First Court since the 15th Century, in what was the medieval Prior’s residence. You can view more information about the Old Library online at [].

The small displays referred to in the poster on the left to Huntingdonshire LHS members, particularly the April one to those who read the article on Virginia Ferrar by David Ransome in the last issue of Records or earlier papers by David on the Ferrar family published online in [Local History Articles] page

In addition to the Old Library, the College also houses the Pepys Library which is a separate library. 

Answers to Quiz in January 2019 Almanack

Here are the answers to the quiz, ‘How Well Do You Know Huntingdonshire’ that was in the January 2019 Almanack:

Where might you find these? What are they?

Picture 1: You can find this in Ramsey Abbey, its a ceiling boss that is on the floor in the Gate House.


Picture 2: A Station of the Cross in the grounds of LIttle Gidding Church


Picture 3: Milepost at Green End, Great Stukeley




John Ferrar of LIttle Gidding by D. R. Ransome

John Ferrar of LIttle Gidding (by D. R. Ransome)

John Ferrar of Little Gidding

In 2000 Records of Huntingdonshire (Vol.3, No.8, 2000), the Journal of the Huntingdonshire Local History Society, included an article about John Ferrar of Little Gidding by D. R. Ransome.  The article has been updated, notes by the author and also supplementary notes were added to this digital copy. The Society is pleased to be able to republish this article with the kind permission of the author D. R. Ransome.

‘For a century and a quarter Little Gidding was the home of the Ferrar’s. When they came there in 1625 the family consisted of the old Mrs Ferrar, her married daughter Susanna and her family, and two of Mrs Ferrar’s sons. The younger was Nicholas, who is famous, but the elder, John, is undeservedly less well known. This article is an attempt to redress the balance and tell something of John’s life.

His parents were a formidable pair. His father was born in 1544 or 1545 at Hertford, the son of a draper who died when Nicholas was 12 or 13. ………….’

To read the article click on the picture above.