The market town of Huntingdon in the east of England has a history that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and was a staging post for Danish raids until they ended in the 10th century. More recent medieval history is marked in the town by a bridge over the river Great Ouse but the town's castle is no more although its site is a monument. Oliver Cromwell was born in the town and the former prime minister John Major was the town's MP from 1979- 2001. Huntingdon is not far from the Cambridgeshire town of St Ives, and also close by is Brampton where England's largest meadow around 257 acres in size is found. The local racecourse is also a popular draw, and Huntingdon itself is home to a great many churches some of which are of historical interest.