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Old Hurst

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

"OLD HURST, a parish in the hundred of Hurstingstone, county Huntingdon, 5 miles north-east of Huntingdon. The greater part of the parish was formerly woodland. The village, which is small, is wholly agricultural. The living is a curacy annexed to St. Ives. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, contains an old octagonal font.

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


  • No monumental inscriptions for Old Hurst have been recorded by the Huntingdonshire FHS.


  • Census information (1841 - 1891) for this parish is held in the Huntingdon Records Office.
  • The full 1841 Census of Oldhurst Parish is available as fiche set C122 from the Huntingdonshire FHS.
  • The full 1851 Census of Old Hurst Parish is available as fiche set C72 from the Huntingdonshire FHS.
  • A surname index of the 1881 Census of the St. Ives Registration District, in which Old Hurst was enumerated (RG11/1605, Folios 14a - 16b), and which took place on 3rd April 1881, is available as fdiche set C4, from the Huntingdonshire FHS.
  • A full transcription of the 1891 Census of the Warboys sub-District of the St. Ives Registration District (RG12/1238) in which Oldhurst was enumerated, and which took place on 5th April 1891, has also been produced by the Huntingdonshire FHS (as Fiche C-10). This is available from the Huntingdonshire FHS.


Church History

  • OS Grid Square TL 300774.
  • The church of St Peter consists of a chancel and nave under one roof, and a modern vestry on the north. The walls are of rubble with stone dressings and the roofs are tiled.
  • The church or chapel was possibly built by Ralph Mowin who is said to have presented to it in the reign of Henry II (1154-89). The thickness of the north wall suggests that it is of 12th century date, but the church was practically rebuilt and slightly lengthened late in the 13th century. A considerable restoration took place in 1868, and the east wall was rebuilt in 1903. Other works took place in 1924-05.

Church Records

  • These are available in the Huntingdon Records Office.
    • Baptisms: 1672-1812 (indexed).
    • Banns: 1756-1816, 1780-1810 (indexed).
    • Marriages: 1654, 1670-73, 1694-1836 (all indexed), 1756-1812, 1838-1964.
    • Burials: 1691-1812 (indexed).
    • Bishop's Transcripts: 1604-5, 1607-9, 1612, 1618-19, 1620, 1625-7, 1660-68/1684, 1690-1702, 1704-12, 1714-16, 1718, 1720, 1722-45, 1747-56, 1758-65, 1767-74, 1776-82, 1790, 1795, 1800-13/1813-24/1825-57.
    • For 1746, 1757, 1766 and 1775, see WOODHURST Bishop's Transcripts.
  • 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.

Civil Registration

  • Old Hurst was originally in the St. Ives Registration District from 1st July 1837. Subsequently, it was in the Warboys sub-District. From 1st April 1997, it comes directly under the Huntingdon Registration District.


Names, Geographical

  • Waldhyrst,
  • Waldehirst (xiii cent.),
  • Woldhirst,
  • Wold Hyrst (xiv cent.),
  • Waldehurst,
  • Whollde Hurst (xvi cent.).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The parish of Oldhurst was in the St Ives Union for Poor law administration.
  • Births and deaths registered in the St Ives Union Workhouse (1836 - 1913) are available as fiche set D9 from the Huntingdonshire FHS Bookstall.


  • Population in 1801 - 118
  • Population in 1851 - 166
  • Population in 1901 - 103
  • Population in 1951 - 267
  • Population in 1971 - 263
  • Population in 1991 - 232.