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

"HOUGHTON, a parish in the hundred of Hurstingstone, county Huntingdon, 2 miles west of St. Ives. The village, which is considerable, is situated on the river Ouse. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely. The church is dedicated to St. Mary."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013


  • Monumental Inscriptions for Houghton have not yet been recorded by the Huntingdonshire FHS.


  • Census information for this parish (1841 - 1891) is held in the Huntingdon Records Office.
  • The full 1841 Census of Houghton Parish is available as fiche set C100.
  • The full 1851 Census of Houghton Parish is available as fiche set C50.
  • A surname index of the 1881 Census of the St. Ives Registration District, in which Houghton was enumerated (RG11/1609, Folios 69a - 79b), and which took place on 3rd April 1881, is available as fiche set C4.
  • A full transcription of the 1891 Census of the St. Ives Registration District (RG12/1234) in which Houghton parish was enumerated, and which took place on 5th April 1891, is available as fiche set C12.
  • The above mentioned fiche are available from the Huntingdonshire FHS.


Church History

  • OS Grid Square TL 282721.
  • The church is dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin; it consists of a chancel, nave, north aisle, west tower and south porch. The walls are of pebble rubble with stone dressings, except for the 19th century north wall of the aisle which is of brick. The roofs are covered with tiles and lead.
  • The church is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, however nothing remains of this Church. The earliest part of the present Church is the chancel built in the mid 13th century. About 100 years later, the nave was rebuilt and possibly lengthened, and the north aisle added. The west tower and spire were built around 1380, and the porch was added in 1664. The chancel was restored in 1851 and the whole church was refurbished in 1870-1, when the north wall of the aisle was rebuilt.

Church Records

  • The following are available in the Huntingdon Records Office.
    • Baptisms: 1605-1838 (indexed transcriptions), 1813-1883, 1884-1974.
    • Banns: 1754-1817 (indexed transcriptions), 1846-1980, 1980-1992.
    • Marriages: 1607-1836 (indexed transcriptions), 1837-1959,1960-1964, 1964-1968, 1968-1971, 1971-1979, 1979-1988.
    • Burials: 1605-1838 (indexed transcriptions), 1813-1969.
    • Bishop's Transcripts: 1605, 1607-8, 1612, 1617-20, 1625-7, 1629/1681-3, 1685-7, 1690-2, 1694-5, 1697, 1699-1702, 1704-8, 1710-16, 1718, 1720, 1722-1749/1750-75, 1777-1813/1813, 1815/1852-5. (See also Wyton BTs 1678-1813).
  • The Huntingdonshire Marriage Indexes include marriages from this parish. These are at present, issued in alphabetic listings in series: 1601-1700, and 1701-1754, and are available from the Huntingdonshire FHS.

Civil Registration

  • Houghton is now in the Registration District of Huntingdon but its former Registration District was St Ives.

Description and Travel

  • A GENWEB page for Houghton is available.



Military History

  • The war memorial, which includes Houghton and Wyton, with detailed information about those who fell, is available on the Roll of Honour site for Huntingdonshire.

Names (Geographical)

  • Houlton (x cent.),
  • Hocturne (xi cent.),
  • Hocton (xiii cent.),
  • Houton by St. Ives (xiii cent.),
  • Hoghton (xiii - xiv cent.),
  • Houghton (xiv cent.),
  • frequently Houghton with Wyton.


  • Population in 1801- 306
  • Population in 1851 - 519
  • Population in 1901 - 328
  • Population in 1951 - 2937
  • Population in 1971 - 4114
  • Population in 1991 - 3555.
  • (NOTE: from 1951, includes Wyton)


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