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DODDINGTON

[Transcribed and edited information mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"DODDINGTON, a parish in the hundred of North Witchford, Isle of Ely, in the county of Cambridge, 2 miles south-west of the Wimblington station on the Great Eastern railway, and 4 north of Chatteris. It is situated on the main road from the latter town to March, its post town, and contains Benwick, Wimblington, and the North Witchford Union workhouse. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value with the curacies of March and Benwick annexed, £7,306, in the patronage of Sir H. Peyton, Bart., who is also lord of the manor. The benefice is the richest in the kingdom. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The Baptists and Methodists have each a chapel. There is an endowed free school, and a National charity school for both sexes. The charities amount to £903 per annum, which includes Walden's school."

"BENWICK, a chapelry in the parish of Doddington, and hundred of North Witchford, in the Isle of Ely, in the county of Cambridge, 6 miles to the south-west of March, its post town. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the rectory of Doddington, in the diocese of Ely. The church is dedicated to St. James.

(See also Benwick Parish pages)"

"CHAINBRIDGE, a hamlet in the parish of Doddington in the hundred of North Witchford, Isle of Ely, in the county of Cambridge, 2½ miles north of March."

"MARCH, a chapelry, post and small market town, in the parish of Doddington, hundred of North Witchford, Isle of Ely, county Cambridge, 9 miles south-west of Wisbech, and 29 north by west of Cambridge. It has a station on the Great Eastern line of railway. It is a prosperous and improving town, situated on the banks of the navigable river Nen, which is crossed by a bridge at the north end of the town. March has derived considerable advantage from the draining of the fen lands, in connection with which excellent roads passable at all seasons of the year have been formed. The surrounding country is flat but very fertile, producing excellent crops. The town is well paved and lighted with gas. It contains several good houses and commodious inns, with a good market place, three banks, savings-bank, and a guildhall situated in High-street. This last is a modern building, in which are held the manorial courts, also the county courts. A brisk trade is done in corn, coal, and timber. Urns and coins of Antoninus, and other of the Roman emperors, were found herein 1730. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory* of Doddington, in the diocese of Ely. The church, dedicated to St. Wendreda, is a very ancient structure, with a spired tower at the west end. It is said to have been erected in 1343 by an indulgence granted by the Pope to all who should contribute to it. In the interior of the church are some tombs of great antiquity. The register dates from 1655. The charities produce upwards of £600 per annum, appropriated in various ways by an order of the Court of Chancery decreed in 1851. There are National and infant schools. Neale's grammar school, founded in 1696, is endowed with 33 acres of land in White's Fen. The almshouses situated near the church are of recent erection. The Baptists, Independents, and Wesleyan Methodists have each a place of worship. Market day is Wednesday. Fairs are held on the Monday prior to Whit-Sunday and the third Tuesday in October, each continuing for three days.

See also the March Parish page."

"WIMBLINGTON, a hamlet in the parish of Doddington, hundred of North Witchford, county Cambridge, 3½ miles south of March. It is a station on the Cambridge, March, and Wisbech branch of the Great Eastern railway.

See also the Wimblington Parish page."

[Transcribed mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2010

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