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Cambridgeshire Poor Law Unions

The following is a list of the several poor law unions, with the parishes contained within them. Except where shown all records are at the Cambridgeshire Record office.


CAMBRIDGE UNION consisting of Cambridge Parish; Poor Law Institution in the parish of Cambridge.

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CAXTON UNION consisting of Arrington, Bourn, Caldecote, Caxton, Croxton, Croydon-cum-Clapton. Elsworth, Eltisley, Eversden (Great), Eversden (Little), Gamblingay, Gransden (Great) (Hunts), Gransden (Little), Hardwick, Hatley (East), Hatley St. George, Kingston ,Knapwell, Longstowe, Orwell, Papworth Everard, Papworth St. Agnes, Tadlow, Toft, Wimpole, and Yelling (Hunts); Poor Law Institution in the parish of Caxton.

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CHESTERTON UNION consisting of Barton, Cherry Hinton, Childerley, Comberton, Coton, Cottenham, Dry Drayton, Fen Ditton, Fulbourn, Girton, Grantchester, Harlton, Harston, Haslingfield, Hauxton, Histon, Horningsea, Impington, Landbeach, Long Stanton All Saints, Long Stanton St. Mich, Madingley, Milton, Newton, Oakington, Rampton, Shelford (Great), Shelford (Little), Stapleford, Stow-cum-Quy, Teversham, Trumpington, Waterbeach, Westwick, Wilbraham (Great), Wilbraham (Little), and Willingham; Poor Law Institution in the parish of Chesterton.

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ELY UNION consisting of Coveney, Downham, Ely College, Ely St. Mary, Ely Trinity, Grunty Fen, Haddenham, Littleport, Mepal, Redmere, Stretham, Sutton, Thetford, Wentworh, Wiburton, Witcham, Witcham Gravel, and Witchford; Poor Law Institution in the parish of Ely St. Mary.

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LINTON UNION consisting of Abington (Great), Hinxton, Abington (Little), Horseheath, Babraham, Ickleton, Bartlow, Pampisford, Bartlow Hamlet (Essex), Swaston, Carlton-cum-Willingham, Shudy Camps, Castle Camps, Weston Colville, Duxford, Whittlesford, Hadstock (Essex), Wickham (West), Hildersham, and Wratting (West); Poor Law Institution in the parish of Linton.

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NEWMARKET UNION (Suffolk) consisting of the Cambridgeshire Parishes of Ashley-cum-Silverley, Bottisham, Brinkley, Burrough Green, Burwell, Cheveley, Chippenham, Dullingham, Fordham, Isleham, Kennett, Kirtling, Landwade, Lode, Snailwell, Soham, Stetchworth, Swaffham Bulbeck, Swaffham Prior, Westley Waterworth, Wicken and Wood Ditton with West Suffolk Parishes consisting of Dalham, Exning, Gazeley, Higham, Lidgate, Moulton, Newmarket All Saints, Newmarket St. Mary and Ousden; Poor Law Institution in the parish of Exning.

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ROYSTON UNION (Hertfordshire) consisting of the Cambridgeshire Parishes of Abington Pigotts, Barrington, Bassingbourn, Chishall (Great), Chishall (Little), Fowlmere, Foxton, Heydon, Kneesworth, Litlington, Melbourn, Meldreth, Morden (Guilden), Morden (Steeple), Shepreth, Shingay, Thriplow, Wendy and Whaddon.

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ST. IVES UNION (Huntingdonshire) consisting of the Cambridgeshire Parishes of Boxworth, Conington, Fen Drayton, Lolworth, Over and Swavesey.

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NORTH WITCHFORD UNION (Isle of Ely) consisting of Benwick, Chatteris, Doddington, Manea, March, Welches Dam and Wimblington; Poor Law Institution in the parish of Doddington.

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WHITTLESEY UNION (Isle of Ely) consisting of Whittelsey Parish; Poor Law Institution in the parish of Whittlesey.

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WISBECH UNION (Isle of Ely) consisting of the Cambridgeshire Parishes of Elm, Leverington, Newton, Outwell, Parson Drove, Tydd St. Giles, Upwell, Wisbech St. Mary, Wisbech St. Peter and the Norfolk Parishes of Clenchwarton, Emneth, Outwell, Terrington St. Clement, Terrington St. John, Tilney All Saints, Tilney-cum-Islington, Tilney St. Lawrence, Upwell, Walpole St. Andrew, Walpole St. Peter, Walsoken, Walton (West); Poor Law Institution in the parish of Wisbech St. Peter.

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