"This place has long been famed for its beautiful church, which is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, and is supposed to have been erected by the abbots of Crowland, who had a house and large possessions in the parish; it contains fifty-three windows, those of the north aisle having considerable remains of stained glass. The living is a vicarage, in the presentation of the crown. In this parish there are some vestiges of entrenchments, conjectured to have been the site of Roman fortifications." Lincolnshire Directory, Pigot & Co., 1841
Here are two photographs of St. Mary Magdalen Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):
Gedney Dawsmere has a church, Christ Church, which was erected in 1869.
Here is a photograph of Christ Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):
Originally the parish included the area to the south known as Gedney Hill, but that area became its own parish centuries ago. The church there, Holy Trinity, dates to about 1400, but was rebuilt around 1870.
Here is a photograph of Holy Trinity Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):
The Anglican parish church registers exist from 1558.
We have the beginnings of a Parish Register extract in a text file for your use. Your additions and corrections are welcome.
The Lincolnshire FHS provides several indexes of the East Elloe Deanery to make your search easier.
A lot of the parish registers for Gedney have been transcribed onto FreeREG and can be seached onlione. These include: Marriages 1754-1812; Baptisms 1753-1846; and Burials 1754-1921.
The Weslyean Methodists had a chapel at Gedney and another at Gedney Dyke, and the Baptists one at Gedney Broadgate. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
Gedney is both a village and parish about 100 miles north of London, 3 miles east of Holbeach, about nine miles east of Spalding and nine miles north of Wisbech. Holbeach parish and Fleet parish lie to the west. The parish is a long, narrow affair running roughly north and south and originally extended to the border of Cambridgeshire. It includes the hamlets of Gedney Broadgate, Gedney Drove End and Gedney Dyke. The A17 trunk road runs through the parish. The area is marshy, drained by many small canals and the South Holland Main Drain.
Traces of old trenches and embankments hint to ancient fortifications, probably Roman, in the parish. It is a popular area for bicyclists in the warmer months, perhaps due to the flatness of the area. David F. Lane, serious bicyclist, tells us (Spring of 2001):
A full Gedney is what you can claim to have achieved if you have visited the six settlements in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, with Gedney in their name. These are Gedney Hill, Gedney Broadgate, Gedney, Gedney Dyke, Gedney Drove End and Gedney Dawsmere. You are also required to have visited Gedney Fen in order to claim a full Gedney. You also need to have visited Gedney Marsh but this is synonymous with visiting Gedney Drove End or Gedney Dawsmere and therefore gains no extra credit. Suprisingly few people can claim to have a Full Gedney, even many who live in one of the Gedneys cannot claim it, as it is 13 miles from Gedney Hill to Gedney Dawsmere. Note that you are not required to visit Gedeney Road in Tottenham, London.
Coming into Gedney Dyke there is a large barn being constructed and a large amount of pallets stacked up which are marked AAC. Surveillance cameras are in operation at The Chequers Pub in Gedney Dyke. There is a house in Gedney Dyke called Pooh Corner. On the way out of Gedney Dyke there is a bit of a mound like rise within a field which could almost be described as a hill in Fenland terms. H C Goose and Son have White House Farm between Gedney Dyke and Gedney Drove End. JEPCO (J.E. Piccaver & Co) have a circular mirror opposite their entrance near Gedney Drove End. The General Store in Gedney Drove End is called the Old Wheat Sheaf. The pub opposite the Old Wheat Sheaf Store is called The New Inn.
The Rising Sun in Gedney Drove End offers Real Ales, hot and cold food and children are welcome. The Methodist Chapel in Gedney Drove End is dated 1885. Onslow House retirement home is situated in Gedney Drove End. There's actually six Gedneys as when you get to Gedney Drove End there's a sign saying Gedney Dawsmere 1.5 mile. At Gedney Dawsmere there is a cemetery which is nowhere near full.
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Three Manors are mentioned in the old directories for Fleet:
An older Manor, called Blanches or Branches, where Captain J. H. BARKER was lord, was extinct by 1872. Although White's 1872 Directory lists an Edward MILLINGTON, land agent, as the resident at Branches Manor House, so the house itself may have been standing at that time.