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Knapwell is a hamlet in Cambridgeshire situated about 10mi west of Cambridge. It is within the diocese of Ely. Its population was estimated at 110 in 2001. At the 2011 census the population had fallen to less than 100 and was included in the town of Newmarket.Nearby villages include Boxworth, Conington, Elsworth and the fast expanding new settlement of Cambourne.HistoryThe settlement was mentioned as a vill at the start of the 11th century and is listed as Chenewelle in the Domesday Book, when it was held by the Abbot of Ramsey.A mound to the north-east of the church is believed to be the motte of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle. It would have been a small fortification, probably with a timber superstructure.The name Knapwell is of unclear origin though it seems clear that it is named after the chalybeate Red Well in the wood just to the east of the village. The well is probably ancient and was the only source of water to both the village and neighbouring Boxworth. Its waters were known for their medicinal properties.The village's manor house was established in Norman times, between the church and the motte, and traces of a building and moat remain in the wood (Overhall Grove) to the east of the church.
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