Elsworth


The corner of Church Lane, Elsworth early 20th century

"ELSWORTH is a parish on the Huntingdonshire border of the county, 6 miles south-by-west from St. Ives station on the London and North Eastern and London, Midland and Scottish railways, about 10 west from Cambridge and 8 south-east from Huntingdon, in the hundred of Papworth, petty sessional division of Caxton, union of Caxton and Arrington, county court district of Cambridge, rural deanery of Bourn and archdeaconry and diocese of Ely."

"The church of the Holy Trinity, which belonged to Ramsey Abbey from a very early period until the dissolution of the monasteries, is a building of stone in the pore Decorated style, and consists of chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, south porch and a low embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 4 bells, 3 of which bear the following inscriptions : I, Non vex sed votum non musica cordeala sed cor. 1628; 3, Cum moveo admoneo, R.G.I.A. churchwardens. 1616; 4, + Christopher Graye made me. 1675 : the triple sedilia and double piscina are especially good examples of the Decorated style, and there is also some excellent Perpendicular wood work in the chancel, consisting of stalls returned at the west end, with poppy heads and linen fold panelling; under the book rests of tire stalls are little lockers retaining their original panelled doors, locks arid hinges: outside, on the south side of the chancel, is a lose-side window, with the original iron staples remaining: over the porch door is a sun-dial with the inscription "MOX NOX ; " and on the east gable is a most beautiful and perfect Decorated cross: on the floor are two slabs with matrices of 15th century brasses, and there are traces of others: in the tower is a plain chest: the church was thoroughly I restored in 1892, the north aisle completely rebuilt and I several new windows inserted, at a cost of 1,000, of which 300 was contributed by the late Rev. Edward I Cheere M.A. of Papworth Hall, to whose memory a new east window was inserted: the church affords 400 sittings. The register dates from 1528 and is in excellent preservation."

"The Particular Baptist chapel here will seat 250 persons."

"The soil of this neighbourhood is stiff clay, anrd the subsoil blue gault, with chalk, stones and flints. The chief crops are wheat, oats and barley. The area is 3,839 acres ; the population in 1921 was 487. "

"On March 7, 1902, part of the area of the Elsworth Holy Trinity ecclesiastical parish, without houses or population at the time of the Census, was transferred to the ecclesiastical parish of Corrington St. Mary."

[Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]

 

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