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Sawtry is a village and civil parish in Cambridgeshire, England. Sawtry lies approximately 8mi north of Huntingdon. Sawtry is situated within Huntingdonshire which is a non-metropolitan district of Cambridgeshire as well as being a historic county of England. The village is home to over 6,000 people.HistorySawtry was listed in the Domesday Book in the Hundred of Normancross in Huntingdonshire; the name of the settlement was written as Saltrede in the Domesday Book. In 1086 there were four manors at Sawtry; the annual rent paid to the lords of the manors in 1066 had been £20.5 and the rent had fallen to £19.5 in 1086.The Domesday Book does not explicitly detail the population of a place but it records that there were 56 households at Sawtry. There is no consensus about the average size of a household at that time; estimates range from 3.5 to 5.0 people per household. Using these figures then an estimate of the population of Sawtry in 1086 is that it was within the range of 196 and 280 people.The Domesday Book uses a number of units of measure for areas of land that are now unfamiliar terms, such as hides and ploughlands. In different parts of the country, these were terms for the area of land that a team of eight oxen could plough in a single season and are equivalent to 120acre; this was the amount of land that was considered to be sufficient to support a single family. By 1086, the hide had become a unit of tax assessment rather than an actual land area; a hide was the amount of land that could be assessed as £1 for tax purposes. The survey records that there were 26 ploughlands at Sawtry in 1086 and that there was the capacity for a further 9.75 ploughlands. In addition to the arable land, there was 68acre of meadows and 770acre of woodland at Sawtry.Sawtry is in Cambridgeshire. Our United Kingdom online day trip planner allows you to schedule your trip to Sawtry, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
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