"BENWICK, formerly a hamlet in the parish of Doddington, is now a parish, 5 miles west from Wimblington station on the Cambridge and Wisbech section of the London and North Eastern railway, 8 north-west by road from Chatteris and 8 south-west from March, in the union and hundred of North Witchford, Isle of Ely petty sessional division and county court district of March, rural deanery of March, and in the archdeaconry of Wisbech and diocese of Ely.
The land, which consists entirely of fen, is also distributed among many freeholders. The soil is fen; subsoil, clay and gault. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats and roots. The area is 3,181 acres of land and 27 of water; the population in 1921 was 808.
Further, Benwick, formerly a hamlet in the parish of Doddington, was formed into a parish in 1868. The parish of Benwick was united with that of Doddington in 1982 and the parish church of St. Mary was demolished 1983-85."
- The Monumental Inscriptions from the Baptist churchyard reside in the Cambridge Record Office. "There is a cemetery here, 28 perches in extent; it is under the control of the Parish Council. " [Kelly's Directory - 1929]
- The Census Records from 1841-1891 can be found in the Cambridgeshire Archives and also at Wisbech Library. In addition the 1851 Census for Benwick is available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- St. Mary's Church, Benwick. This church was built in 1850/1 and demolished in 1983.
- "The church of St. Mary was erected in 1854, at a cost of £2,500, the money being raised under "Gilbert's Act," and constituting an annual charge upon the living until the whole amount, with interest, is paid off: the church is a edifice in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a western tower with spire containing a clock and one bell: the church was partially restored and the shire rebuilt in 1902, at cost of £300: there are sittings for about 400 persons. The register dates from the year 1851."
- "There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels." [Kelly's Directory - 1929]
- The church was demolished in 1983 and the parish re-united with Doddington. Funds are currently being raised to build a new ecumenical place of worship on the site of the old church, but this may take several years.
- Church of England
- Benwick, St. Mary: Records of baptisms 1851-1979, marriages 1851-1978, burials 1851-1982, banns for 1851-1982 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives.The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1851-57 can be found in the Cambridge University Library.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Benwick to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL342903 (Lat/Lon: 52.494107, -0.024722), Benwick which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- The Benwick War Memorial has been transcribed and and the men researched, the criteria for a persons name appearing on this memorial was that they had attended the Benwick day school.