[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"ABBOTSLEY, a parish in the hundred of Toseland, in the county of Huntingdon, 4 miles south-east of St. Neots. It is situated on the old Roman road from St. Albans. The land in the parish is chiefly pasture. The living is a vicarage,* value £85, in the diocese of Ely. The patrons are the Masters and Fellows of Baliol College, Oxford. The church, which is dedicated to St. Margaret, is an ancient structure, with a square embattled tower, in which are five bells and a clock. It was entirely repaired in 1854, and has a handsome modern altar-piece in the chancel."
The full 1841 Census of Abbotsley Parish is included on Fiche Set C80.
The full 1851 Census of Abbotsley Parish is included in Fiche Set C30.
The full 1891 Census of Abbotsley Parish is available as fiche set C13.
A surname index of the 1881 Census of the St Neots Registration District, in which Abbotsley was enumerated (RG11/1611, Folios 109a - 118a), and which took place on 3rd April 1881, is available as Fiche C5.
The church of St Margaret consists of a chancel, north vestry, nave, north aisle, south aisle, west tower and north porch. The walls are of pebble rubble with stone and clunch dressing and the roofs are of stone and lead.
Although there was a church here about 1138, the earliest architectural evidence seems to follow after the suit of 1272 when the Abbot of Jedworth established his right to it. The chancel arch of this period, with a south arcade and aisle of c.1300-10, possibly suggests the date of the first stone church on the site. Some 20 years later, a north arcade and aisle were added and, at the end of the century, a west tower was built, the nave lengthened by about 7 ft., and the clearstory added. The church was restored in 1854 and 1861; in the latter year, the chancel, which appears to have been contempory with the chancel arch, and the north vestry and north porch, were rebuilt. The tower was restored in 1884.
The Huntingdonshire Marriage Indexes include marriages from this parish. These are, at present, issued in alphabetical listings in series: 1601-1700, and 1701-1754, and are available from the Huntingdonshire FHS.