[Transcribed and edited information mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"FULBOURN, comprises the parishes of
All Saints and
in the hundred of Flendish, county Cambridge, 5 miles south-east of Cambridge,
its post town, and 9 south-west of Newmarket. It is a station
on the Great Eastern line of railway. Fulbourn
formerly had two churches, All Saints and St. Vigor's, standing in close
proximity to each other, but one having fallen into decay was removed, and
the one remaining is served by the two clergymen alternately. The village
is considerable, and had formerly a guildhall. The land is almost wholly
arable. The living of All Saints is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely, value
£253, in the patronage of the Bishop of Peterborough; that of St. Vigor's
is a rectory,* value £442, in the patronage of St. John's College,
Cambridge. The latter is the still existing church, and is an ancient stone
edifice, containing numerous monuments and brasses, some as early as the
14th century. The register commences in 1763. The parochial charities
consist of a school endowment producing nearly £40, and other bequests for
the poor and various local objects, yielding about £2711 per annum. The
Independents and Baptists have each a chapel, and there is a free school
for both sexes. C. W. Townley, Esq., is lord of the manor. Fulbourn House
is the principal residence. The tithes were commuted for land and money
payments under an Enclosure Act in 1806."
[Transcribed mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
"FULBOURN VALLEY, a farm house in the parish of Fulbourn, 1¼ miles south of Fulbourn."
"NEW SHARDELOWES, a hamlet in the parish of Fulbourn, 1½ miles south-east of Fulbourn."
by Colin Hinson ©2010
- The cemetery 1937-70, monumental inscriptions 1893-1985, City of Refuge Baptist churchyard
1856-64, the Independent churchyard 1701-1983 and Fulbourn St Vigor (includes All
Saints) churchyard 1682-1984 are recorded in the Cambridge Records Office. Transcripts
of these are available on microfiche from the
Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list
- "The Congregational chapel, built in 1821, will seat 500 persons."
[Kelly's Directory - 1900]
- Independent Church
- Independent Church:
Records exist for births 1816-17, 1831-36 (on microfilm) plus indexed transcriptions
of births 1816-17 at the Cambridgeshire Archives.
- "The Working Men's Institute has a lending library of 900 volumes and a reading room,
supplied with daily and weekly papers and magazines.
There are eight almhouses, erected by subcription in 1864. The charities are as follows:
£78 yearly from Careway's Charity, for clothing; £110 yearly from Bishop's Charity,
for flour; £27 yearly from Farmer's Charity, the greater part of which is distributed
amongst the poor who regularly attend church; and a sum of £12, given by Thomas Oslar,
in 1722, to purchase an acre of land for a perpetual charity for the poor widows
of St. Vigor's parish, the profits of which are distributed on St. Thomas' Day. A
new pumping station of the Cambridge Water Works Company, erected as an auxiliary
to the works at Cherry Hinton, was opened in March, 1891, at a cost of £2,000. The
annual fair, formerly held here on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday following the
first Sunday after Trinity, is now held, by Order in Council dated 19th June, 1883,
on the Monday and Tuesday only. The Rev. Charles Francis Townley M.A., Joseph Chaplin
esq. and the rector are the principal landowners. Fulbourn Manor is the residence
of the Hon. Lady Tryon: the house stands in its own grounds of 9 acres, and is surrounded
by a well-wooded park of about 78 acres."
[Kelly's Directory - 1900]
- "The County Lunatic Asylum, opened Nov. 2, 1858, is a structure of brick in the Elizabethan
style, from plans by Mr. Fowler Jones, architect, of York, & was erected at a cost
of about £40,000: it has since been considerably enlarged & in 1900 had 550 patients;
attached are 87 acres of land, a consecrated cemetry, gas works, brewhouse & farm
[Kelly's Directory - 1900]
- Records are held in the Cambridgeshire Archives for Fulbourn Mental Hospital burials
1901-53, deaths 1907-69 and deaths of patients from Three Counties Hospital (Arlesey,
Bedfordshire) for 1939-50.
- Fulbourn Hospital has been known by many names - Isle of Ely and Borough of Cambridge
Asylum (1858 - 1921), Cambridgeshire County Asylum (1921 - 1954), Cambridgeshire,
Isle of Ely and Borough of Cambridge Mental Hospital (1948 - 1954). The Fulbourn
Hospital archive is vast and relatively complete. Some of the records bear evidence
of a fire which apparently occurred in one of the doctor's rooms. Records include
the main record of inmates, the admission and discharge registers from 1858. A more
authoritative guide to covering dates is given in the
Hospital Records Database. The Hospital's administrative records date from 1848 and there are records of various dates relating medical care of inmates, staff, finance, plans and photographs. There is no detailed catalogue to the records.
- The Hospital Records Database shows the following records exist in the Cambridgeshire Archives,
whether they are available for access and the dates they cover.
|Record Type|| Available|| From|| To|
|Administrative || YES || 1848 || 1977 |
|General|| YES || 1848|| 1948|
|Finance || YES || 1890 || 1948 |
|Estates || NO || || |
|Nursing || YES || 1940 || 1966 |
|Admission & Discharge || YES || 1858 || 1968 |
|Staff|| YES || 1867 || 1968 |
|Ephemera || YES || 1908 || 1977 |
|Pictorial || YES || 1899 || 1970 |
|Private Papers || NO || || |
|Other || NO || || |
|Clinical & Patients|| YES || 1883 || 1955 |
|Case Notes:1907 - 1955 |
- Land Tax:
records were compiled afresh each year and contain the names of owners and occupiers
in each parish, but usually there is no address or place name. These records reside
in the Cambridgeshire Archives for the years 1762-3, 1789-1837, 1880-92 and 1911-48.
- "Both churches stood in the same churchyard, but on Sunday, 25th May, 1766, at about
5 a.m. the tower of All Saints' church fell and totally ruined the building; 3 of
the 5 bells were lying in the ruins in May, 1774, but the oak benches and fittings
had been stolen: the church was eventually taken down under the authority of an Act
of Parliament; all the parochial assessments are united, but each parish appoints
its own officers, and the livings are consolidated."
[Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1900]
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