[Transcribed and edited information mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"HADDENHAM, a parish in the hundred of South Witchford, Isle of Ely, county
Cambridge, 7 miles south-west of Ely, its post town, and 15 from Cambridge. It is
situated in a remote part of the Fens, and contains the hamlets of Aldreth,
or Alderwith, and Hill Rows. The inhabitants are principally employed in
agriculture. The soil is clayey and gravelly, and the land chiefly arable.
The parish has an area of upwards of 9,500 acres. The hamlet of Aldreth,
anciently called Audrey, is supposed to derive its name from Queen
Etheldreda, to whom it was given as a dowry on her marriage, as also the
ancient road across the Fen, called Aldreth Causeway, which was originally
constructed by the Romans, but repaired by William the Conqueror, who lost
nearly half his army here by the burning of his pontoons whilst
endeavouring to drive out Hereward, the Saxon patriot, from his fastnesses
in the Isle of Ely. At a spot still called the Hermitage was a cell to the
priory at Ely. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ely,
value £235, in the patronage of the Archdeacon of Ely. The church is an
ancient cruciform stone structure, standing on a hill, and has a lofty
tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Baptists, and two free schools.
Roman and early British coins are frequently found here, and some ancient
weapons have been dug up. The Earl of Hardwicke is lord of the manor, and
impropriator of the great tithes."
[Transcribed mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
"ALDRETH, (or Alderwith), a hamlet in the parish of Haddenham, in the
hundred of South Witchford, Isle of Ely, in the county of Cambridge, 1 mile
from Haddenham and 7 south-west of Ely, situated in the remote part of the fen
land, which is well cultivated, and yields crops of wheat, barley, oats,
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- The Monumental Inscriptions for the churchyard of Holy Trinity are recorded for the
years 1677-1894. The Baptist churchyard is also recorded for the years 1840-95. Both
sets of records can be found in the Cambridgeshire Archives.
- The following Churches have their own websites:
- The church of Holy Trinity, originally founded by St. Ovin in 673 A.D. is a building
of stone consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, transepts, north and south porches
and an Early English tower 72 feet high, rebuilt in 1876 at a cost of £1,900 and
containing a clock (placed in 1878) and 6 bells, rehung to the memory of Charles
Phillip Yorke, 4th Earl of Hardwicke, who died Sept. 17, 1873: the font in use, a
14th century work, is curiously carved, but in the south perch stands an earlier
and perfectly plain font, which was dug up in the churchyard, and is presumed to
have belonged to the former church: the chancel was restored in 1878, at a cost of
about £800, and in 1910, at a cost of about £200: the nave and aisles were also restored
in 1878, at a coat, including the erection of a high-pitched roof, of over £4,000;
the transepts were rebuilt at a cost of £800 as a memorial to Archdeacon France,
of Ely, sometime president of St. John's College, Cambridge: the total cost of the
restorations amounted to £5,450: in 1897 the churchyard was enlarged and new gates
erected in commemoration of the sixtieth year of the reign of H.M. the late Queen
Victoria: the interior was reseated some time previous to 1897, and now affords 700
sittings. The register dates from the year 1570, and is in a perfect state of preservation.
- The Baptist chapel, erected in 1905, at a cost of over £2,000, has sittings for 300
persons; the old chapel is now used as a Sunday school; a new chapel was erected
at ALDRETH in 1909, at a cost of about £700: there is also a Wesleyan Methodist chapel,
restored in 1891 at a cost of £550.
[Kelly's Directory - 1929]
- Church of England
- Haddenham, Holy Trinity:
Records of baptisms 1570-1985, marriages 1570-2003, burials 1570-2001 and banns
for 1754-1800, 1823-1994 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives, indexed transcripts
exist for baptisms 1570-1851, marriages 1570-1851, and burials 1570-1851.The Bishop's
Transcripts for the years 1599-1641, 1667-76, and 1700-1837 can be found in the Cambridge
University Library. The parish record transcripts for Holy Trinity 1570-1851 are
available on microfiche from the
Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list
- Wesleyan Methodist Church:
Records exist at the Cambridgeshire Archives for baptisms 1838-1916, which include
Ely, Littleport, Soham, Stretham (baptisms 1871-1900 are on microfilm) and Sutton,
and for the
Ely Wesleyan Circuit of which Haddenham is part.
- Records exist for the Isle Monthly Meeting, founded in 1667, of which Haddenham was
part, these records contain births 1661-1763, 1779, marriages 1672-1771, burials
1668-1790 and can be found in the Cambridgeshire Archives. The Isle Monthly Meeting
was subsequently merged with
Cambridge Monthly Meeting in 1756.
- The Church hall, erected in 1907, is used as a Sunday school and is also licensed
for entertainments: it will seat about 400 persons. A burial ground of one acre,
in Church Lane, was purchased in 1862 and is under the control of the vicar and churchwardens.
On Dec. 21st every year it has long been customary for poor widows in the parish
to call at the various houses, collecting donations for themselves for Christmastide:
this day is here called "Gooding Day," and in 1895 38 widows went round. The parish
of Haddenham was originally part of the patrimony of Queen Etheldreda, foundress
of Ely Cathedral A.D. 673: in this district the Saxons, under Hereward, kept William
the Conqueror at bay for over three years, until they were finally subdued at Aldreth,
as described by the late Canon Kingsley in "Hereward the Wake."
[Kelly's Directory - 1912]
- "The area is 8,925 acres of land and inland water and a tidal water; the population
in 1921 was 1,655, including Aldreth South, or Alderwith South, about 1½ miles
south-west, and Hill Row West, 1 mile west, hamlets belonging to Haddenham."
[Kelly's Directory - 1929]
- 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 1750-1948.
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