[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"BUCKDEN, a parish in the hundred of Toseland, in the county of Huntingdon, 5 miles to the north of St. Neot's. Huntingdon is its post town. It is on the west side of the river Ouse, not far from Offord station on the Great Northern railway, and includes the hamlet of Stirtloe. The manor was held in the reign of Henry I. by the abbot of Ely, who granted it to the bishops of Lincoln. The ancient palace of the bishops, a brick edifice partly surrounded by a moat, stands in the centre of the village. It is related of Bishop Barlow (1675) that he never visited Lincoln, but from his constant residence here acquired the title of Bishop of Buckden. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, of the value of £254, in the patronage of the Bishop of Peterborough. The church, a handsome structure with a spire, is dedicated to St. Mary, and contains monuments to several of the bishops of Lincoln. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have chapels in the village. The charitable endowments, consisting partly of bequests for education, produce about £170 per annum. There are several almshouses."
"STIRTLOE, (or Sturtlow), a hamlet in the parish of Buckden, county Hunts, 4 miles south-west of Huntingdon, near the river Ouse.
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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