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

"GREAT GRANSDEN, a parish in the hundred of Toseland, county Huntingdon, 3½ miles south-west of Caxton, its post town, and 7 south-east of St. Neot's. It is situated on the south-east border of the county, and was formerly in possession of the Fitzalan family. The land is chiefly arable, with a small extent of pasture and common. The soil in the lower lands is loam, resting upon a substratum of gravel, and in the uplands clay, with boulders of primitive and secondary rocks scattered over the surface, mixed with diluvial remains and bones of the ichthyosaurus; and ironstone occurs in some parts. The village, which is neatly built, is situated on the declivity of a hill. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £200, in the patronage of Clare Hall, Cambridge. The church is an ancient edifice, overgrown with ivy, and has in the tower a clock which plays a different tune on each day of the week. It is dedicated to St. Bartholomew. Here are a few almshouses, and other charities, producing rather over £60 per annum. The Baptists and Wesleyan Methodists have each a chapel, and there is a parochial school, partly endowed. In the parish are four manors, severally belonging to Clare Hall, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Rev. W. Webb, and D. Gardener, Esq. Gransden Park is the principal residence.

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




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