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Geographical and Historical information from the year 1835.

[Transcribed information from A Topographical Dictionary of England - Samuel Lewis - 1835]
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"LINTON, a parish and market-town, in the hundred of CHILFORD, county of CAMBRIDGE, 10 miles (S. E. by E.) from Cambridge, and 48 (N. by E.) from London, containing 1519 inhabitants. This town, which is situated on the high road from Cambridge to Colchester, is very indifferently built; the streets are neither lighted nor paved, but the inhabitants are well supplied with water from springs. The market, granted in 1245, to William de Lay, is on Thursday; and there is a fair on July 30th, for sheep. A court leet is held occasionally by the lord of the manor. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Ely, rated in the king's books at £10. 13. 4., and in the patronage of the Master and Fellows of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, has a fine embattled tower; in the interior are several monuments, especially one of marble, erected by Peter Standley, Esq., to the memory of his sister. There are places of worship for the Society of Friends and Independents. An Alien priory, subordinate to the abbey of St. Jacutus de Tusula in Britanny, was founded in the time of Henry III. at the suppression, its revenue was valued at £23. 8. 10., and it was granted by Henry VI. to Pembroke Hall, Cambridge. At Barbara, in this parish, a priory of Crouched friars, a cell to the monastery of Welnetham in Suffolk, was established in the reign of Edward I.: the hall, chapel, and cloisters of the convent are still remaining, and form part of the mansion called Barbara hall. Several Roman coins have been dug up in this parish."

[Description(s) transcribed by Mel Lockie 2010]

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