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[Transcribed and edited information from The Victoria County History series- 1932]

"FARCET, The modern parish of Farcet was originally a chapelry of Stanground. A separate ecclesiastical parish was established in 1851, and a separate civil parish was formed in 1866. The parish lies to the south of Stanground in which it formerly lay. It extends to the old county boundary on the east and adjoins Ramsey on the south-east, and Holme/Glatton on the south-west. At its southern corner, it includes part of the area which was formerly called Whittlesea Mere. In 1886, a detached portion of Stanground, at Kingsdelph and Eight Roods, was added to the parish. Other civil boundary changes took place in 1935.

In the time of Edward the Confessor, the rights of the Abbeys of Thorney and Ramsey in Kingsdelph were subject to an agreement, and another agreement was made by fine in 1224 as to the rights of the Abbot of Thorney in the marsh of Ramsey, by which the Abbot was to hold the part towards Farcet and Yaxley quit of any claims for common rights by the Abbot of Ramsey, who similarly was to hold his portion of the marsh near Ramsey free from claims of common rights on the part of Thorney Abbey.

The soil of the parish is fen and loam, and the sub-soil clay and gravel. In the 17th century, Farcet Fen was drained and entirely inclosed. Whittlesea Mere was drained under an Act of Parliament of 1762, and the parish was inclosed in the inclosure of Stanground in 1801. Traces of a fen island site were found in the gravels of Farcet Fen. The altitude varies from 15 ft. to 60 ft. above sea-level.

Farcet village lies on the south, on rising ground overlooking the old course of the River Nene. There were several brickworks at Farcet along the main railway line rom London to the north."

"PONDERSBRIDGE, a hamlet in the parish of Farcet, county of Huntingdon."

[Description(s) transcribed by Ian Argall and later edited by Colin Hinson 2010]
[from The Victoria County History series - 1932]




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