"HOLME, until the 19th century, Holme was a hamlet and chapelry of Glatton. In 1857 the two became separate ecclesiastical parishes, and in 1866 separate civil parishes were created. Holme included the greater part of what was formerly Whittlesea Mere, which occupied the northen end of the parish.
Holme is about a mile east of the Ermine Street (now the A1 Motorway), and is separated from Ramsey on the east and south-east by the old course of the River Nene and Burbeach stream; and from Conington, on the south, by the Holme Brook. Drains and Dykes intersect the parish from south-west to north-east. 'A place by the stream for washing Herrings' is mentioned in 1300. Holme Fen (parts of which were still unreclaimed in 1935) lies south of Wittlesea Mere, and the whole parish is so low-lying that little of the land is more than 10 ft. above sea-level. The soil is chiefly fen, peat and clay producing wheat, oats and mustard.
The small village is situated about half-a-mile from the western boundary of the parish, with the church in the north-west corner, and the old school and vicarage is to the east of it. Holme Wood House, built in Holme Park by William Wells about 1874, replaced an earlier house which was occupied by Captain William Wells RN (d. 1826). It follows the descent of the manor of Glatton with Holme until 1918. Holme was not included in the sale of the Glatton Manor in 1918."
The full 1841 Census of Holme Parish, and which took place on 7th June 1841, is available as fiche set C92.
The full 1851 Census of Holme Parish is available as fiche set C42.
A full transcription of the 1891 Census of the Stilton sub-District of the Peterborough Registration District (RG12/1225) in which Holme was enumerated, and which took place on 5th April 1891, has also been produced by the Huntingdonshire FHS (as Fiche C-15).
An index of surnames in the 1851 Census of the Peterborough Registration District (HO107/1747) in which both Holme (Folios 71B - 79B) and Holme Fen (Folios 83B - 89) were enumerated, and which took place on 30th March 1851, has also been produced by the Peterborough & District FHS.
The Census is available in either microfiche or A5 booklet form from Mr G Harbron, 7 Newby Close, Peterborough PE3 6PU, England. Please state which version you want.
The church of St. Giles consisted of a chancel, nave with side aisles, south porch and a bell-cote for two bells on the west gable. Some of the piers were of the 12th century while others were of the 13th century; the bell-cote was of the later date. The windows were inserted in the 15th century and later. The porch was a much later addition.
This church was pulled down and an entirely new church was built in 1862. It consists of a chancel with organ-chamber and vestry on the north side, nave, north and south aisles, south porch and a bell-cote for two bells on the west gable. The walls are of hammer-dressed stone and the roofs are covered with tiles.
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.
Holme was originally in the Peterborough Registration District of Northamptonshire from 1st July 1837. Subsequently it was transferred to the Stilton sub-District of Huntingdonshire. It was later transferred back to the Peterborough District. From 1st April 1998, marriage records were transferred to the Huntingdon Registry Office, but the births and burial records were retained by Peterborough.