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Kings Ripton

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

"KING'S RIPTON, a parish in the hundred of Hurstingstone, county Hunts, 2 miles north-east of Huntingdon. The village is small and wholly agricultural. This place takes the affix of "King's" to distinguish it from Abbot's Ripton, which parish it adjoins. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely, value £179. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is an ancient edifice with a square tower, and was fully restored in 1864. There is a free school supported by the rector. The master and fellows of Magdalene College, Cambridge, are lords of the manor.

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


  • Monumental inscriptions from this parish 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 transcription of the 1841 Census of Kings Ripton Parish is available as fiche set C110
  • The full 1851 Census of Kings Ripton Parish is available as fiche set C60.
  • A surname index of the 1881 Census of the Huntingdon Registration District, in which Kings Ripton was enumerated (RG11/1604, Folios 113a - 117b), and which took place on 3rd April 1881, is available as fiche set C3.
  • A full transcription of the 1891 Census of the Huntingdon Registration District (RG12/1237) in which Kings Ripton was enumerated, and which took place on 5th April 1891, is available as fiche set C9.
  • The above mentioned fiche are available from the Huntingdonshire FHS.


  • St. Peter's Church, Kings Ripton.

Church History

  • The church of St Peter consists of a chancel, nave, north aisle, west tower and south porch. The walls are chiefly of rubble with stone dressings, but those of the chancel are largely refaced with brick. The roofs are of tiles and slates.
  • Although not specifically mentioned in the Domesday survey, the church is without doubt one of the two churches recorded under the manor of Hartford. Of this building, however, nothing remains; the earliest part of the present church is the south wall of the nave - probably of the 13th century - and the north and east walls of the chancel dating from late in the same century. In the 14th century, a north aisle was built, the nave walls were raised and a clearstory added, The south wall of the chancel was rebuilt early in the 15th century and, a little later, the west tower was built. The porch was built early in the 16th century.
  • The church was restored again about 1851.
  • There are photographs and further information on St. Peter's Church on Rob's Churches website.

Church Records

  • Thefollowing are available in the Huntingdon Records Office.
    • Baptisms: 1597-1763, 1764-1812, 1813-1910.
    • Banns: 1754-1812, 1823, 1929, 1937, 1947, 1965.
    • Marriages: 1597-1639/40, 1664-1753, 1754-1812, 1813-1827, 1837-1957, 1923 (separate).
    • Burials: 1599-1640, 1663-1763, 1764-1812.
    • Bishop's Transcripts: 1604-5, 1608, 1612, 1617-19, 1626, 1663-73/1690-1702, 1704-16, 1718, 1720, 1722-23, 1725-7, 1729-40, 1742-3, 1745, 1749, 1751, 1757-9, 1770-80, 1782-4, 1787-1810, 1812-13/1813-24/1825-41, 1843-5, 1848-57.
  • The parish registers for Kings Ripton St Peter, 1597-1975, are available as fiche set D90.
  • The Huntingdonshire Marriage Indexes include marriages from this parish. These are, at present, issued in alphabetical listings in series: 1601-1700, and 1701-1754.
  • The last two fiche sets mentioned above are available from the Huntingdonshire FHS.

Civil Registration

  • The parish of Kings Ripton has been in the Registration District of Huntingdon continuously from 1st July 1837.

Description and Travel


Military History

  • The war memorial with detailed information about those who fell is available on the Roll of Honour site for Huntingdonshire.

Names, Geographical

  • Riptone,
  • Riptone Regis,
  • Rippetona (xii cent.),
  • Ryptone Regis,
  • Kyngesrippton (xiii cent.).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The parish of Kings Ripton was in the Huntingdon Union for Poor Law administration.
  • Births and Deaths registered in the Huntingdon Union Workhouse (1838 - 1949) are available as fiche set D10, from the Huntingdonshire FHS.


  • Population in 1801 - 171.
  • Population in 1851 - 259.
  • Population in 1901 - 111.
  • Population in 1951 - 127.
  • Population in 1971 - 127.
  • Population in 1991 - 152.