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Cambridge St Andrew The Less

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"CAMBRIDGE ST. ANDREW THE LESS, (otherwise Barnwell) a parish in the town of Cambridge.

"STOURBRIDGE, (or Sturbridge) a chapelry in the parish of Cambridge St. Andrew the Less, (or Barnwell,) hundred of Flendish, county Cambridge, 1 mile north-east of Cambridge. There are remains of the hospital of St. Mary Magdalen for lepers, the chapel of which has been converted into a barn. It is chiefly noted for the fair which commences on the 18th September, and lasts till the 7th October, the opening of which is proclaimed by the vice-chancellor, doctors, and proctors of the University of Cambridge, and by the mayor and aldermen; the staple commodities exposed for sale are leather, timber, cheese, hops, wool, and cattle, and on the 25th horses.







Church History

  • "The church of St. Andrew the Less, on the Newmarket road, formerly the parish church, but now subordinated to Christ Church, is a small but ancient building of stone in the Lancet style, consisting of chancel and nave under a single roof, south porch and a western belfry containing one small bell: the eastern triplet is a very graceful example of the style, and is adorned within with slender shafts and moulded arches: in the church are many memorials and monumental inscriptions to the Butler family, who once possessed the property: there are 220 sittings, 200 being free. The registers, dating from 1753, are kept at Christ Church." [Kelly's Directory - 1900]
  • There is further information and photographs of the Church on Ben and Mark's Cambridgeshire Churches website.

Church Records

  • Church of England
    • Cambridge St Andrew the Less: Records of baptisms 1753-1947, marriages 1754-1957, burials 1754-1913, and banns 1754-88, 1824-88, 1899-1947 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. Baptisms for the years 1886-1904 reside in the Abbey Church. The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1599-1639, 1661-91, 1702-29 can be found in the Cambridge University Library. Indexed transcripts exist in the Cambridgeshire Archives for Bishops Transcripts 1599-1640, 1661-92, 1703-30, baptisms 1753-1851, burials 1754-1851 and marriages 1599-1837.




  • 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, 1829-32, 1864-91 and 1911-1948.