[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"DIDDINGTON, a parish in the hundred of Toseland, in the county of Huntingdon, 4 miles north of St. Neot's, and 1½ mile south of Buckden. It is situated on the river Ouse, and contains the hamlet of Boughton. The village consists of a few scattered houses along the Great North Road. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £134, in the patronage of Merton College, Oxford. The church, dedicated to St. Laurence, was erected about the middle of the 14th century. There is a free school. George Thornhill, Esq., is lord of the manor, and a deputy lieutenant of the county. The tithes were commuted for land and a corn rent, under the Enclosure Act of 1797."
"BOUGHTON, a hamlet in the parish of Diddington, hundred of Toseland, in the county of Huntingdon, 3 miles to the north of St. Neot's. It is on the west bank of the river Ouse. The Great Northern railway passes near Boughton."
The full 1841 Census of Diddington Parish is available as fiche set C108.
The full 1851 Census of Diddington Parish is available as fiche set C58.
The full 1891 Census of Diddington Parish is available as fiche set C13.
A surname index of the 1881 Census of the St. Neots Registration District, in which Diddington was enumerated (RG11/1611, Folios 90a - 94a, and 105a), and which took place on 3rd April 1881, is available as Fiche set C5.
The church of St Lawrence consists of a chancel with a modern north vestry, nave, north aisle, south chapel, west tower and south porch. The oldest part of the walls are of stone rubble mostly plastered. The tower is of red bricks with stone dressing, the south porch is also of red bricks plastered over and the east wall and chancel is of yellow brick. The roofs are of lead, tiles and slates.
Although mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086, the nucleus of the present church is the chancel and nave which are of the first half of the 13th cent., to which a north aisle was added in 1275. The church was much altered around 1500 when a new south chapel was built, the clearstory was added and the north aisle remodelled with larger windows. Slightly later the tower was built, together with the western angles of the nave, the western bay of the north aisle being pulled down. The south porch is later still and in the 17th cent. The chancel was shortened and a yellow brick east wall was built. The vestry was added in about 1865 when the chancel was restored and reroofed.
The church existed in 1086 when it belonged to the Bishop of Lincoln's manor. Before 1279, John Littlebury presented the advowson to Walter de Merton who, in turn, gave it to his college at Oxford. It was before this that the vicarage was ordained. The advowson of the vicarage still belongs to Merton College, Oxford.
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.
Diddington Parish Registers (baptisms (1604 - 1956), marriages and burials (1604-1965)), are available as fiche set D-49 from the Huntingdonshire FHS.
Diddington was in the Registration District of St. Neots from 1st July 1837 until 31 March 1997, when that district was disbanded. Since 1st April 1997, it has been in the Huntingdon Registration District.
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