[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"SPALDWICK, a parish in the hundred of Leightonstone, county Huntingdon, 4 miles east of Kimbolton, its post town, and 7 north-west of Huntingdon. It is a small, well-built village, situated on a branch of the river Ouse, and on the road from Cambridge to Northampton. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £96, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. James. The parochial charities produce about £18 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes. The Baptists have a place of worship. The Duke of Manchester is lord of the manor. Fairs are held on Whit Monday and 28th November."
The full 1841 Census of Spaldwick Parish is available as fiche set C89 from the Huntingdonshire FHS.
The full 1851 Census of Spaldwick Parish is available as fiche set C39 from the Huntingdonshire FHS.
A Surname Index of the 1881 Census of the Huntingdon Registration District, in which Spaldwick was enumerated (RG11/1602, Folios 69a - 76a), and which took place on 3rd April 1881, is available, as fiche set C3, from the Huntingdonshire FHS.
A full transcription of the 1891 Census of the Spaldwick sub-District of the Huntingdon Registration District (RG12/1236) in which Spaldwick was enumerated, and which took place on 5th April 1891, has also been produced by the Huntingdonshire FHS (as Fiche C8). This is available from the Huntingdonshire FHS.
The church of St. James consists of a chancel, south chapel, nave, south aisle, west tower and south porch. The walls of the tower are of coursed rubble; the rest of the church is built of stone and pebble rubble - all with stone dressings. The roofs are covered with slate and lead.
The church is not mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086, but there seems to have been an aisle-less stone church here by the end of the 12th century of which the north wall and small parts of the east wall remain. To this church a south aisle was added in about 1250. The chancel with the chancel arch were rebuilt in the early 14th century.
The tower was commenced about the middle, and completed together with its spire before the end, of the 14th century. There seems to have been a cessation of work about half-way up the tower which may possibly have been caused by the effects of the Black Death in 1349. It may have been intended to rebuild the nave, for an access door to the roof was provided in the east wall of the tower; this idea was abandoned and, in about 1370, a clearstory was added to the existing wall. At about he same time, the porch was built.
The south chapel was built around 1500, when the south aisle and porch were rebuilt. In the 17th century, two buttresses were built onto the north side of the nave; the window between them was altered, and the parapets of the nave were rebuilt.
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.
Spaldwick was originally in the Huntingdon Registration District from 1st July 1837. Subsequently it became part of the Spaldwick sub-District, but it is now again directly under the Huntingdon District.