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SWAFFHAM BULBECK

[Transcribed and edited information mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"SWAFFHAM BULBECK, a parish in the hundred of Stain, county Cambridge, 6 miles south-west of Newmarket, its post town, and the same distance from Six-Mile-Bottom railway station. The village is situated on Swaffham Lode, a navigable cut from the river Cam. In the vicinity are the remains of a Benedictine nunnery, founded by one of the Bolebecks in the reign of John, and valued at the Dissolution at £46 18s. 10d. A quarry of chalk marl is extensively worked. Tho living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £219, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient structure with a tower and six bells. The register commences about 1560. The parochial charities produce about £184, of which sum £20 go to Towers' school. There are National schools for both sexes."

"SIX MILE BOTTOM, is a hamlet in the parishes of Little Wilbraham, Bottisham, Brinkley, Carlton cum Willingham, Swaffham Bulbeck, Westley Waterless, and Weston Colville. It has a station on the Cambridge and Bury branch of the London and North Eastern railway. There is a congregational chapel, erected in 1881, with 80 sittings, and a reading room and library. There is also a recreation ground, pleasantly situated near the railway station and enclosed by a double row of trees : a cross of rough granite was erected in 1924 as a memorial to the men of this parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. Swyntord Paddocks is the residence of Capt. Malcolm Bollock M.B.E., M.P.

See also Six Mile Bottom main page."

[Transcribed mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2010

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