"MELDRETH, a parish in the hundred of Armingford, county Cambridge, 4 miles north-east of Royston, its post town, and 9½ south of Cambridge. It is a station on the Cambridge and Hitchin railway. The village, which is inconsiderable, is situated on the river Cam, and is entirely agricultural. The tithes were commuted for land and a money payment under an Act of Enclosure in 1813. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £224, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, has an embattled tower. The parochial charities produce about £9 per annum. Andrew Marvell, father of the poet and statesman, was born in this parish. There are places of worship for the Independents and Wesleyans."