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CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Baptist Churches in Old Cambridgeshire

(list supplied by K.A.C. Parsons, historian of Cambs Baptist cause) compiled by Janet Hurst
Date of foundation in brackets* = subsequently grew into a church

CHURCHES FLOURISHING 1801-1850

Cambridge & District

Cambridge St Andrew's Street(1721)(Indexed t/s of all old records
published by Baptist Historical Society)
Cambridge Eden(1823)Strict Baptist
Cambridge Zion(1837) 
Cambridge Hope(1842)Strict Baptist, extinct in 1980
   
Coton(1808)village station*
Barton(1822)village station*
Comberton(1842)village station*
Cherry Hinton(1843)village station*
Chesterton(1844) 

South Cambs
Harston(1786)(Deaths in CRO, MIs recorded)
Gt Shelford(1825)(Births 1824-36, copy at CRO)
Stapleford(1840)Strict Baptist
Haslingfield(1836)Baptist Union village station*
Melbourn(1675) 
Balsham(1833)Baptist Union
Gt Wilbraham(1833)Strict Baptist, extinct in 1980
Fulbourn(c.1846)Strict Baptist, extinct in 1980
Kirtling(c.1840)Strict Baptist, extinct in 1980
Balsham(1833)Baptist Union
Castle Camps(1817)Baptist Union, now United Reform Church (Indexed T/S in progress, records in CRO)

West Cambs
Gamlingay(1710)became Baptist 1722 (Indexed T/S)
Lt Gransden(1833)Strict Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)
Caxton(1842)Strict Baptist, now associated with the Baptist Association
Elsworth(1831)Strict Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980) (MIs recorded)
Dry Drayton(1824)Strict Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)

FENLAND (in 4 groups)

1. Border churches, N of Cambridge
Over(1737)Strict Baptist 1776
Swavesey(1789)Strict Baptist
Swavesey(1830)United Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)
Swavesey(1840) 
Oakington(1818)Strict Baptist
Willingham(1662)Strict Baptist 1791, succeeded by 'The Tabernacle', founded 1873, extinct at date list made (1980) (T/S early records at CRO; Marriages 1916-87 at CRO)
Willingham(1820-36)United Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)
Willingham(1838)extinct at date list made (1980)
Rampton(1838)Strict Baptist, village station, extinct at date list made (1980)
Cottenham(1672)Baptist 1780
Cottenham(1812)Strict Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)
Horningsea(1835)Strict Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)
Landbeach(1828) 
Waterbeach(1826)Strict Baptist, now associated with Baptist Association
Milton(c. 1820)village station*

2. Ely & District
Ely(1797)Strict Baptist
Stretham(1801)Strict Baptist
Lt Thetford(1839)village station*
Prickwillow(1815) 
Wilburton(1808) 
Haddenham(1814)(MIs recorded)
Aldreth(1844)Strict Baptist, now associated with the Baptist Association
Sutton(1789)Strict Baptist
Mepal(1847)Union village station*, still completely independent
Coveney(1845)Christian Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)
Downham(1799)Strict Baptist
Littleport(1835)extinct at date list made (1980)
Littleport(1841)Strict Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)

3. North Cambs
Chatteris(1793)General Baptist (Indexed T/S)
Chatteris(1800)Strict Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)
Chatteris(1819)Strict Baptist
Benwick(1818)Strict Baptist (MIs recorded)
Whittlesey(1823)General Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980) (Births 1810-37 on microfilm at CRO)
Whittlesey(1836)Strict Baptist
Manea(1839)Strict Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)
March(1700)General Baptist
March(1807)Strict Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980) (Births 1825-37 at CRO on microfilm)
March(1835)Strict Baptist (Births 1798-1837 at CRO on microfilm)
March West Fen(1846)General Baptist village station, extinct at date list made (1980)
Upwell(1840) 
Guyhirn(1693)Strict Baptist, Culymite, extinct at date list made (1980)
Wisbech(1655)General Baptist (Indexed T/S at CRO)
Wisbech(1792)Johnsonian (Births 1794-1836 on microfilm at CRO)
Wisbech(1829)Strict Baptist Culymite
Tydd St giles(1790)General Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)

4. N.E. Cambs
Bottisham Lode(1811)Strict Baptist - now known as Lode (Births 1809-36 at CRO; T/S; MIs recorded)
Swaffham Prior(1821) Strict Baptist
Burwell(1839)village station* (MIs recorded)
Soham(1752) 
Soham(1809)United Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)
Isleham(1693)Baptist 1806 (Indexed T/S and history published by CARS)
Isleham(1812)General Baptist (Births 1821-37 on microfilm at CRO)
Isleham(1846)Strict Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)
Isleham Fen(1841)General Baptist village station, extinct at date list made (1980)
Fordham(1819)Strict Baptist, extinct at date list made (1980)

Other Baptist churches known to have existed during this period, but information about them is lacking

Downham 2Christian Baptist, mentioned in Ecclesiastical Census of 1851
Doddington(Kelly's Directory 1846-65)
Gamlingay2mentioned in 1851 census
Over 2(Baptist Manual, 1843-45)

NEW CHURCHES 1850-1900
Barton 
Burwell 
Cherry Hinton 
Cambridge Mill Road 
Chittering 
Comberton 
Coton 
Girton 
Grantchester(now closed)
Histon 
Lt Thetford 
Milton 
Swaffham Prior 
Teversham 
Willingham 
Witchford 
Also 
Cambridge Hope Chapel, Cambridge PlaceStrict Baptist
Cambridge Tenison RoadStrict Baptist (now closed)

CHURCHES IN BAPTIST UNION DIRECTORY 1989-90

Cambridgeshire Baptist Association
(excluding churches in Hunts)
Aldreth 
Ashdon(Radwinter Road)
Barton(High Street)
Burwell(North Street)
Cambridge 
 Arbury Road
 Barnwell (Dudley Road)
 Bar Hill
 Cherry Hinton
 Mill Road
 St Andrews Street
 Zion (East Road)
Caxton(Ermine Street)
Chatteris(West Park Street)
Chittering 
Comberton(Green End)
Coton(High Street)
Cottenham(High Street)
Gamlingay(Stocks Lane)
Girton(High Street)
Gt Shelford(High St)
Gt Wilbraham(Angle End)
Haddenham(Station Road)
Harston 
Histon(Station Road)
Isleham(Pound Lane)
Landbeach(High Street)
Lt Thetford(Main Street)
March Centenary(High Street)
Melbourn(Mortlock Street)
Milton 
Prickwillow(Main Street)
Swaffham Prior(High Street)
Swavesey(Middle Watch)
Teversham(High Street)
Upwell(School Road)
Waterbeach(Chapel Street)
Wilburton(High Street)
Witchford 
Willingham Tabernacle(George Street)
Wisbech(Hill Street)

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