In 1773 the Antiquarian Rev William Cole said this of Impington Hall:
"The house pleased me much and is the best of the sort that I ever saw. A noble hall with two Corinthian pillars on one side of it is the centre: one oneside a common dinning parlour and kitchen and on the other an elegant drawing room and by the hall a most beautiful salon and staircase with all the bedchambers have entrance the whole elegantly fitted up and furnished overloaded with carving and stucco and rather heavy."
William Cole was born at the King's Arms, Bourn Bridge, Little Abington on August 3rd, 1714 and was to become a truly remarkable local historian. His father, who is described as a gentleman farmer, had taken over the ownership of the King's Arms after the death of his 2nd wife in 1712. Shortly afterwards he married widow Catherine Althorp and two years later William was born. William was educated at Cambridge before entering the Church and in 1753 he became the Rector of Bletchley. Having resigned as Rector, he returned to Cambridge in 1767.
His main passion was history and over a period of years he visited most of the churches in Cambridgeshire, these included as far not as places like Tydd St Mary nr Wisbech, drawing the churches and recording their monuments. His manuscripts can not be found in the British Museum. The task of visiting all these places, even today in the age of the motor car seams a hard one but back then in the age of the horse and cart it must have been a label of love for him.
He was to die at his home in Milton on December 16th, 1782 and was buried at St Clement's Church in Cambridge.
Cole's drawing of St Clement's Church, Cambridge. Of note is that there is no tower, this was added after his death in his memory and bears the motto, 'Deum Cole'
Learn more by visiting the website, 'The Rev William Cole, A Cambridge Person':