"STRETHAM, a parish in the hundred of South Witchford, Isle of Ely, county Cambridge, 4 miles south-west of Ely, its post town, and 12 from Cambridge. It is a station on the Ely, Haddenham, and Sutton branch of the Great Eastern railway. The village is near the rivers Ouse and Cam. The parish includes Stretham Fen and Thetford. The land is partly in common. The soil consists of clay and loam. In 1844 a large portion of the village was destroyed by fire. The living is a rectory* with the curacy of Thetford annexed, in the diocese of Ely, value £756, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. James, has coats of arms carved in the roof, also an old font, and a brass to Joan Swan, bearing date 1-487. The parochial charities produce about £142 per annum. There is a free school, supported by the Rev. H. Baber. The Baptists and Wesleyans have chapels. There is also a chapel, dedicated to St. George, situated in the hamlet of Thetford. Mrs. Marsh and Mrs. Colonel Wilson are ladies of the manor. In the high road near the church is a stone cross."
"LITTLE THETFORD, (or Thetford) a chapelry in the parish of Stretham, hundred of South Witchford, county Cambridge, 3 miles south-west of Ely, its post town, and 2 from Stretham railway station. The village is situated on the Great Eastern railway, and at the ferry over the river Cain. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory of Stretham, in the diocese of Ely. The church is dedicated to St. George. The parochial charities produce about £14 per annum. The Baptists have a chapel.
[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"The church of St. James, which stands in the High street, is a fine old building of stone it the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of five bays, aisles, south porch and a western tower with lofty spire containing a clock and 5 bells: there is a very fine carved oak screen dating from 1440: the organ was enlarged and improved in 1907 by Mr. H. J. Lister: the church was thoroughly restored during the period 1876-87, at a cost of £4,400, and affords 350 sittings. The registers date from the year 1558. The living is a rectory, with the chapelry of Thetford annexed, joint net yearly value £794, including glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Ely, and held since 1906 by the Rev. Samuel Stewart Stitt M.A. of Pembroke College, Cambridge. The parish room at Stretham was built in 1886. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, and a mission hall, erected here in 1884 for the use of the local branch of the London Evangelistic Mission; it has 400 sittings. A cemetery of one acre, formed in 1886, at a cost of £400, is under the control of the Parish Council."
Stretham, St James's: Records of baptisms 1558-1943, marriages 1558-1963, burials 1558-1956 and banns 1754-1812, 1825-1963 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1600-51 and 1661-1853 can be found in the Cambridge University Library. Indexed transcripts are also available for baptisms 1558-1861, marriages 1558-1917, burials 1558-1945, cemetery burials 1887-1967 at the Cambridgeshire Archives.
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 1750-1948; 1798 is on microfilm at Huntingdon Record Office.