A list of the parishes that form Cambridgeshire, their map references and poor law/registration district details
Information about agriculture within the region and the lot of the agricultural labourer so regularily seen on census information for the 19th century.
Samuel Barritt lived in Feltwell at the end of the 18th century, his family spread through Cambridgeshire and beyond. Each year the Barritt reunion takes place at Ely.
Burwell is a village close to the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border. Within the village is a museum dedicated to the Fen life and times.
Details from Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire 1929 giving an overview of the atrea and links to other information
A list by hundred, or major town, of the number of baptisms, marriages and deaths between the years 1821-1830 for Cambridgeshire. (112k)
A brief history of the Cambridgeshire Regiment (the Volunteers) and the Cambridgeshire Miltia.
Summary of available information about the 1901 census for Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely.
Like many other areas cholera took the lives of many working people within the Cambridgeshire area during the 19th century. Information is available about the cholera epidemic and other epidemics that took place.
Ely has been a stronghold for hundreds of years and the Cathedral has played a major part in this. A synopsis of Ely and the the Cathedral interaction can be found here
A short description can be found here of various famous Cambridgeshire people.
Descriptions of various fortifications and historic buildings over the centuries, within Cambridgeshire, can be found here.
Details of societies and historical organisations linked with Cambridgeshire.
Since the Domesday book the country has been split into political regions called 'hundreds'; these are the Cambridgeshire hundreds and the towns and villages ecompassed by each.
The Internet contains a variety of information about Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. Links can be found here to various relevant pages.
After the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 England was left in a very poor condition. The rates and taxes raised to pay for the wars had rendered farmers and other employers too poor themselves to pay very much for labour. There were hundreds of people who were not just poor but very poor to the point of starvation. All over the country at this time there was general dissatisfaction. This is the story of the riot that broke out at Littleport as a result.
Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely were strongholds of Methodism. Various records exists for the circuits and in various other repositories. This is a guide to Cambridgeshire references and circuits.
The Rising of 1381 - the so-called Peasants' Revolt - provided a short-lived opportunity for the people of Ely to assert their independence. While the revolt inflamed much of East Anglia, the main leaders of the rebellion in Ely were local men - Richard de Leycester of 'Bocherisrowe'; Robert Buk, a fishmonger; and Adam Clymme. This is a description of the revolt.
A linked list of information about places within Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely from various directories and books.
To afford Poor Relief various unions were set up within Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely to handle the old and infirm from the parishes. These parishes were assigned to specific unions and these are listed here with the realted parishes.
Prickwillow is a small hamlet in the Ely Holy Trinity area which for many years was the life-line to the outlying farms and houses. These pages contain information relating to Prickwillow.
Once you have found a professional researcher then you normally stick by them. These researchers have all been recommended by various subscribers to the Rootsweb mailing list dealing with Cambridgesire (ENGLISH-FENS@rootsweb.com).
For electoral and other reasons the parishes are split up into Registration Districts. If you have acquired a birth, marriage or death certigicate then this will quote a registration district. This is a list of the Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely Registration Districts and the parishes that fall within each.
The Rev. Arthur William Edwards was one of the many methodist ministers covering the east of England. This is the story of Arthur and the various circuits within the region that he was assigned to. Did he cross your ancestor's path?
A short description of the Society of Friends (Quakers) can be found here with details of the various "Meetings" which formed the Cambridgeshire area.
Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely are infamous for the fenlands that make of the area. For hundreds of years the area was virtually unusable due to the watery landscape. Indeed Hereward the Wake make use of these areas for his defences. The land was eventually reclaimed to give the now rich, fertile farming land that exists. The main architect of the reclamation in this area was Cornelius Vermuyden, a Dutchman.
If you are of Huguenot descent, as many in the Cambridgeshire area were, then you may be interested in this newspaper article from 1939 dealing with Walloon names.
The flat fenlands were often flooded in winter which froze to form fields of ice. Where better to hold ice skating championships during the 19th century than here.
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