St Botolph's Church
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Helpston (also, formerly, "Helpstone") is an English village formerly in the Soke of Peterborough, geographically in Northamptonshire, subsequently (1965–1974) in Huntingdon and Peterborough, then in Cambridgeshire, and administered by the City of Peterborough unitary authority.
The poet John Clare was born in Helpston in 1793 and is buried in the churchyard of St Botolph's. The thatched cottage where he was born was bought by the John Clare Trust in 2005. The John Clare Cottage, at 12 Woodgate, has been restored using traditional building methods and is open to the public. In 2013 the John Clare Trust received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help preserve the building and provide educational activities for youngsters visiting the cottage.
Helpston is well known for its athletics club, Helpston Harriers AC, who aspire to improve local running standards.
Bluebells at Helpston Heath
- Peterborough City Council Population Estimates Archived 26 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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- A Key to English Place-Names
- "Helpston Harriers AC (@HelpstnHarriers) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
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