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WATERBEACH

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

"WATERBEACH, a parish in the hundred of Northstow, county Cambridge, 5 miles north-east of Cambridge, its post town, and 9 south-west of Ely. It is a station on the Great Eastern railway. The village is situated near the Ely road and the river Cam. At a farm in this parish are remains of the abbot's house, refectory, &c., of Denny Abbey, founded in 1160 as a cell to the monastery of Ely, but in the following century occupied by the Knights Templars. A nunnery was subsequently founded by Dionysia de Mountchense, which in 1338 was connected with the house of the St. Clares at Dinney. There are some extensive market gardens. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £424, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. John the Evangelist, is of the 13th century. The interior contains a double piscina, antique font, &c. The register dates from 1653. The parochial charities produce upwards of £250 per annum, including almshouses for 6 poor widows, &c. There is an endowed free school for both sexes. The Wesleyans, Baptists, and Primitive Methodists have chapels."

"DENNY ABBEY, a hamlet in the parish of Waterbeach, in the county of Cambridge, 7 miles north-north-east of Cambridge. It is situated on the Ely railway. A nunnery was founded here by. Mary de Valence (foundress of Pembroke Hall), temp. Edward III., on the site of the Benedictine cell given by the Knights Templars; the remains of the chapel are now a barn. At the Dissolution there were in Denny Abbey twenty-five nuns, whose revenue was valued at £218 0s. ld.

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

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