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

"ARRINGTON, (or Ermington), a parish in the hundred of Wetherley, in the county of Cambridge, 6 miles to the north-west of Royston railway station, and 10 south-west of Cambridge. It is situated on the old British way, Ermine Street, a little to the north of the bridge over the river Cam. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely, value £69, in the patronage of the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge, who are impropriators of the great tithes. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is a plain ancient structure, built upon a mound in the centre of the parish. The register of marriages and burials dates from 1538, and the register of baptisms, 12 years later. Petty sessions are held in the village. The parish contains 1,388 acres, the sole property of the Earl of Hardwicke.

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




  • Copies of the 1851 and 1861 Census can be found at both Bedford and Huntingdon Record Offices as well as the 1841 at Huntingdon.



Church History

  • The church of St. Nicholas is a small but ancient edifice of stone, chiefly in the Perpendicular style, with some reputed Saxon remains, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled tower of brick with a low spire and containing one bell : the church was restored in 1894, at a cost of £300, and affords 150 sittings. The register of marriages and burials dates from the year 1538; baptisms, 1550. [Kelly's Directory - 1929]
  • There is further information and photographs of the Church on Ben and Mark's Cambridgeshire Churches website.

Church Records

  • Church of England
    • Arrington, St. Nicholas: Records of baptisms 1550-64, 1575-1911, marriages 1538-1624, 1664-71, 1699-1742, 1755-1991, burials 1538-1992 and banns for 1755-1812, 1826-1900 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives, indexed transcripts exist for baptisms 1550-1812, marriages 1538-1835 and burials 1538-1812.The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1599-1642, 1662-65, 1677-96, 1708-16 and 1726-1859 can be found in the Cambridge University Library.

Community Websites

  • The Arrington Parish Council website contains historical information and photographs, census information, a transcription of the War Memorial (with some details of the people) etc.


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Military History

  • The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial was dedicated in the early twenties to the memory of the men who died during the Great War. Three further names were added in 1947, dedicated to those who gave their lives during the Second World War.
  • The War Memorial is located on the northern corner of the original intersection between Ermine Street (now the A1198) and Cambridge Road (now the A603). The corner was the significant point on the road midway between the villages of Arrington and Wimpole.
  • The men and women on the Wimpole & Arrington war memorial are fully documented with military details.

Names, Geographical

  • ARRINGTON BRIDGE is 1 mile south over the Cam. [Kelly's Directory - 1929]
  • Wimpole Hall which is National Trust property is close by to Arrington.


  • Land Tax: records were compiled afresh each year and contain the names of owners and occupiers in each parish, but usually there is no address or place name. These records reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives for the years 1798 on microfilm and 1810-1948.