Ufford Parish Council

Ufford Village

Ufford lies in the north west corner of Cambridgeshire, equidistant between Peterborough and Stamford which are five miles to the south-east and north-west respectively.

The church, at 44 metres above sea level, is the highest point coming in from The Wash. Its dominant site overlooks the flat expanses of the Welland Valley which lies to the north and is only 15 metres above sea-level.

The Tinwell-Marholm fault, which crosses the north end of the village, brings together the Lincolnshire Limestone to the south of the parish and the clays to the north. There is a capping of Great Oolite Limestone at the top of Ufford hill in the centre of the village and the stone for all the old buildings and walls came from pits in the Lincolnshire Limestone area.

The old village’s linear shape was determined by the spring lines which ran north from the limestone cap to the bottom of Main Street. The old village well can still be seen opposite the church and many houses were dependent upon their own wells until the inter-war period.

At the time of the 2001 census, the resident population of Ufford was 226 and there were 96 households. Until well into the 20th Century Ufford was dependent upon agriculture and largely self-supporting. However, there is now only one working farm and Ufford has become a commuter village with most people working
in Peterborough and Stamford and a few in London.

Most of the old stone buildings had Collyweston slate roofs, though some of those built after the mid-19th century had Welsh slate roofs, following the arrival of the railway, and the outbuildings were often roofed in pantiles.

There is no definitive Ufford building style but the character of Main Street is the result of a mix of substantial farm houses and barns and former farm labourers` cottages. Although all the barns have been converted and the houses extended and modernised, the contemporary streetscape, with its views in and out of the village, remains very attractive.

Administratively, Ufford was in the Soke of Peterborough and part of Northamptonshire from 1888 until 1965 when it was amalgamated with various other areas to form a new County of Huntingdon and Peterborough . Within this, Ufford lay within Barnack Rural District.

The 1974 Local Government Act swept this away and Peterborough became a District within the County of Cambridgeshire. The final change came in 1998 when Peterborough achieved the status of a Unitary Authority.

Ufford has its own Parish Council, whilst at Peterborough City Council level it is represented by the Councillor for Barnack Ward. At national level it lies within the constituency of North-West Cambridgeshire.