[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"GREAT RAVELEY, a parish in the hundred of Hurstingstone, county Hunts, 3½ miles south-west of Ramsey. It is situated in the eastern part of the county. The village, which is small, is wholly agricultural. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to that of Upwood, in the diocese of Ely. The church has long been in ruins. The Wesleyans have a small chapel. Sir Henry Peyton, Bart., is lord of the manor.
The full 1841 Census of Great Raveley Parish is available as fiche set C85.
The full 1851 Census of Great Raveley Parish is available as fiche set C35.
A surname index of the 1881 Census of the Huntingdon Registration District, in which Great Raveley was enumerated (RG11/1600, Folios 138a - 142b), and which took place on 3rd April 1881, is available as fiche set C3.
A full transcription of the 1891 Census of Ramsey Registration District (RG12/1234) in which Upwood was enumerated, and which took place on 5th April 1891 is available as fiche set C6.
There are no church records for Great Raveley. The parish church of Upwood provided this function. However the Upwood and Raveley Local History Group are transcribing the Parish Registers for Upwood and Great Raveley, and are willing to perform look-ups. (see below under "Societies").
The parish of Great Raveley was originally in the Registration District of Huntingdon from 1st July 1837. Subsequently it became part of the sub-District of Ramsey. From 1st April 1997, it has, once again, come directly under Huntingdon.
The Upwood and Raveley Local History Group have produced a book containing scenes of village life from the Victorian and Edwardian period through to the Second World War. This illustrated book includes anecdotes from village people combined with carefully researched village history. It comprises 64 pages, 23 black and white photographs and is available from: Deana Hudson, The Old Post Office, 71-73 High Street, Upwood, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE26 2QE. Enquiries only to Liz Carter on upwoodlhg[at]btinternet[dot]com.
The parish of Great Raveley was in the Huntingdon Union for Poor Law administration. Births and Deaths registered in the Huntingdon Union Workhouse (1838 - 1949) is available, as fiche set D10, from the Huntingdonshire FHS.
The Upwood & Raveley Local History Group is a recently formed group, and is providing some support for local and family historians. They are currently transcribing Upwood and Great Raveley Parish registers and are able to answer queries on these two parishes. Enquiries should be sent to the Chairman: Liz Carter, 11 Church Lane, Upwood, Huntingdon PE26 2QF. Telephone and Fax enquiries can be made to (+44 (0)1487 813008) or Email upwoodlhg[at]btinternet[dot]com.