The Domesday Book (1067) ...

tells us that a mint was still in place and supporting three moneyers at the time of the Confessor. William the Conqueror is reputed by Ordericus Vitalis to have visited Huntingdon on his way to his second visit to York. Although during the wars Huntingdon suffered greatly, at the time of his visit times were more settled.

During the reign of Stephen Huntingdon suffered under the Danegeld, with the taxable value in 1144 being half that of 1135. The castle was dismantled and this seems to have brought about a more peaceful existence, with Henry of Huntingdon surrounded by rural calm, with plentiful game and fish and a vineyard in what was once part of the castle.

Over the centuries as the religious house became more powerful, Huntingdon became more profitable. With tolls on the bridge, and a regular market, the wharf bringing wares in from the Wash, Kings Lynn, and overseas,then taking produce away down the river the town became quite affluent.