The parish church is dedicated to Saint Guthlac. It was built or rebuilt in the 12th century and again in the 15th century.
Portions of the Rectory House consist, in part, of a building erected by the monks of Croyland in the 13th century. The monks had built a Priory on the east side of the church, later to become part of the Rectory House.
The church was restored and partially rebuilt in 1877-78.
The church seats about 400 people.
There is a photograph of St. Guthlac's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
From John STEER: The reasons why the Market Deeping parish registers, as an older parish, only start from 1709 is explained by two comments to be found in the first surviving register before and after the burial entries. The hand writing and quality of the microfilmed copies mean that these comments are not completely legible. "Memorand - The old register book was very deficient Mr. Edmundson the late incumbent being blind some years before his death and the Parsonage House being very much out of repair so that I was obliged to live in town. Several of my papers were lost in my removal and this register book not being bought till some time afterwards occasioned this (word unclear)(signed) Borradale Rect" "Memorandum - The former register Books were all torn in pieces by my Predecessor's wife, Mrs. Edmundson. A woman very (unclear word) her husband being blind by her means."
An Independent Chapel was built here around 1811. A Primitive Methodist chapel, built in 1876, graced the parish, as did a Wesleyan Methodist chapel (built in 1866). For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
Market Deeping Methodist records are held at the Northants Record Office for 1898-1919.
Market Deeping is both an ancient market town and a parish lying 90 miles north of London and a few miles north of Peterborough. Deeping St. James parish lies to the southeast and Langtoft parish to the northwest. Northamptonshire lies to the south, just across the River Welland. The area is flat fenland, about 1,540 acres, drained by many small canals including the South Drove Drain.
Before 1870, the town was basically one long street lying on the north bank of the River Welland. In the early 1800s the town grew to the north toward Langtoft village. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, the village lies at the junction of the A15 and A16 trunk roads.
There is a village website with local information and history, but no genealogy resources when last I looked.
Rex NEEDLE has some local colour at his Market Deeping web page. His site also includes a genealogy page.
Keith EVANS has a photograph of a Milestone on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.