Houghton – in Huntingdonshire (now part of Cambridgeshire), England – is a village between Huntingdon and St Ives on the A1123, and not far south of RAF Wyton. It lies on the north bank of the River Great Ouse, where Houghton Mill is located.
Houghton is mentioned in the Domesday Book and described as "Hoctune".
It has had a number of serious floods.
There used to be an old piece of film footage taken by the Houghton Scout group of the village.
The first RAF sortie of the second world war was flown out of RAF Wyton.
Houghton has a beautiful old watermill owned by the National Trust that is still used for demonstrating flour milling.
There is a fine Norman (Anglican) church, St Mary's and a former chapel that has been converted into a retreat centre.
There is a picturesque village centre, known affectionately as "the green" (although no grass has been present for very many years) and marked by a thatched clock tower. On the village green there is a statue to Potto Brown, atraditional old water pump and red phone box.
It is possible to walk from Houghton to Hemingford Abbotts across the flood meadows and to St Ives along the Thicket Path. There is a nature reserve along the Thicket Path known as Houghton Meadows ("Far Close") that shows markings of traditional ridge and furrow farming.
In the village centre there is a War memorial hall.
On "Houghton hill" there is a cemetery.
There used to be two veterinary poultry research centres, one on Houghton Hill and the other in "The Elms".
There are a number of old houses of interest, particularly in the village green and near the playing field. The playing field is used for football, tennis and cricket. The field was donated to the village by Mr Anderson, whose family used to farm in the village. On the field there is a bowling club, cricket pavilion, tennis courts, football pitch and a Scout Hut.
At the village green is the former home of artist Charles Whymper. He was a relative of Edward Whymper who led the first ascent of the Matterhorn, in which members of the team (including schoolboy Douglas Hadow died during the descent under what some consider controversial circumstances. A model of the mountain is in the garden and just visible from the green.
The village is also home to the Three Horseshoes and Three Jolly Butchers pubs.
Punts and rowing boats can be hired at the riverside across the watermill footbridge.
The disused railway line runs through Houghton near the river.