"STETCHWORTH, a parish in the hundred of Radfield, county Cambridge, 3 miles south-west of Newmarket, its post town, and 1½ mile east of the Dullingham station on the Cambridge and Newmarket railway. The inhabitants of the village are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £174. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is an ancient edifice, with a tower and five bells. It contains a monument to H. Gorges, Esq. The principal residence is Stetchworth House."
[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
" The church of St. Peter is an ancient structure of flint partly in a debased Perpendicular style, and consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 5 bells: the chancel is Norman and Early English, and was restored in 1907 by the lay rector, the Earl of Ellesmere, at a cost of £900: the north aisle retains a piscina, and in the south aisle is a floriated niche and a Norman priests' door-way: a memorial window was erected in 1864 to the Rev. Richard Eaton and one to Capt. Henry Pardoe Eaton, 60th Rifles, who died at Delhi: in the church is a fine monument of white marble with effigies on a background of black marble, erected by Sir Richard Gorges bart. second Baron Gorges of Dundalk, and Bridget (Kingsmill) his wife, to their son Henry, ob. 1674: both titles became extinct on the death of Lord Gorges in 1712: there is also a memorial to Ashton Benyon esq. d. 1856: the nave and aisles were restored in 1894 at a cost of £450, of which £300 was given to the Earl of Ellesmere: the church affords 300 sittings. The register dates from about the year 1666."
"There is a Congregational chapel, erected in 1883, which has 400 sittings." [Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]
Stetchworth, St. Peter: Records of baptisms 1666-1889, marriages 1666-1987, burials 1666-1885 and banns 1756-1881 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. Indexed transcripts for baptisms 1599-1840, marriages 1599-1837 and burials 1599-1840 also reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. Parish register transcripts of Stetchworth St. Peter, 1599-1840, are available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1599-1851 can be found in the Cambridge University Library.
Wesleyan Methodist Church: Records exist at the Cambridgeshire Archives for the Mildenhall Wesleyan Circuit of which Stetchworth is part.
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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 1710, 1798 (on microfilm), 1829-32, 1878-88 and 1931-48.