by Colin Hinson ©2013
"BRINKLEY, a parish in the hundred of Radfield, in the county of Cambridge, 6 miles to the south of Newmarket, and 3 south-east of the Sixmile-Bottom station on the Cambridge and Newmarket railway. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, of the value of £241, in the patronage of the Master and Fellows of St. John's College, Cambridge. The church is an old stone building, with a tower and six bells, dedicated to St. Mary. The children of the parish participate in the benefit of the free school at Hilton, founded and endowed in 1729 by Mrs. March. There is also a National school. Brinkley Hall is an old mansion, once the seat of the Stutevilles, and subsequently a farmhouse."
"SIX MILE BOTTOM, is a hamlet in the parishes of Little Wilbraham, Bottisham, Brinkley, Carlton cum Willingham, Swaffham Bulbeck, Westley Waterless, and Weston Colville. It has a station on the Cambridge and Bury branch of the London and North Eastern railway. There is a congregational chapel, erected in 1881, with 80 sittings, and a reading room and library. There is also a recreation ground, pleasantly situated near the railway station and enclosed by a double row of trees : a cross of rough granite was erected in 1924 as a memorial to the men of this parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. Swyntord Paddocks is the residence of Capt. Malcolm Bollock M.B.E., M.P.
See also Six Mile Bottom main page."
- The Monumental Inscriptions for the churchyard of the Blessed Virgin 1705-1979 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. These are available, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)
- The Census Records from 1841-1891 can be found in the Cambridgeshire Archives. In addition the 1851 Census for Brinkley is available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)
- "The church of the Blessed Virgin, restored in 1874 by the rector and parishioners at an expense of about £1,000, is a building of flint, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells; the chancel and nave are Decorated and the tower Perpendicular: there are 200 sittings. The register dates from the year 1685." [Kelly's Directory - 1929]
- There is further information and photographs of the Church on Ben and Mark's Cambridgeshire Churches website.
- Church of England
- Brinkley, Blessed Virgin: The parish registers for baptisms 1684-1997, marriages 1686-1990, burials 1724-1996 and banns 1754-1809, 1828-1966 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. Index transcripts of baptisms 1599-1851, marriages 1599-1838 and burials 1599-1851 are available in the Cambridgeshire Archives. Parish register transcripts of Brinkley, Blessed Virgin, 1599-1851, are available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search) The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1599-1860 can be found in the Cambridge University Library.
- Wesleyan Methodist Church: Records exist at the Cambridgeshire Archives for the Mildenhall Wesleyan Circuit of which Brinkley is part.
- A transcript of the Brinkley parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Brinkley parish entries from 1929 Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Brinkley to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL626547 (Lat/Lon: 52.166616, 0.376035), Brinkley which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- 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 Brinkley War Memorial has been transcribed and and the men researched, it is inside the Church.