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Cambridge St Mary The Great

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"CAMBRIDGE ST. MARY THE GREAT, a parish in the town of Cambridge."







Church History

  • "The University church of St. Mary the Great, which stands in the centre of the town, opposite the Senate House and University Library, is a spacious edifice in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, clerestorled nave; aisles; south porch and a lofty western tower with octagonal buttressed turrets, and containing 12 bells and a clock, which replaced the older one, erected in 1794, and presented in 1892 in memory of the Rev. H. R. Luard D.D. vicar 1860-87; the porch, a reproduction from drawings of one removed in 1805, was the gift of the late W. H. Hattersley esq.; a spacious gallery surrounds the interior on the north, west and south sides, and there are a number of monuments, including one of the Jacobean period, with bust, to Dr Butler: the armorial glass in the windows, presented by S. Sandars esq. commemorates Henry VII. and forty other subscribers to the building of the church: here the University sermons are preached and are attended by the University authorities, heads of houses, professors and the members of the University generally; the heads of houses and professors sit in the chancel, masters of arts and bachelors in the body of the church, and the undergraduates in the gallery: the bell of this church is tolled during a quarter of an hour from six in the morning and again from nine in the evening respectively: the church was restored during the period 1861-92, at a cost of £7,400, and affords 1,400 sittings. The register dates from the year 1557. The living is a perpetual curacy, net yearly value £73, arising from 82 acres of glebe, in the gift of Trinity College, and held since 1887 by the Rev. William Cunningham D.D. of that college, and hon. canon of Ely and rural dean of Cambridge." [Kelly's Directory - 1900]

Church Records

  • Church of England
    • Cambridge St Mary the Great: Records of baptisms 1559-1974, marriages 1559-1967, burials 1559-1926, and banns 1754-1802, 1817-1959 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1599-1641, 1662-78, 1712-27, 1749-1877 can be found in the Cambridge University Library. Indexed transcripts exist in the Cambridgeshire Archives for baptisms, marriages and burials for 1559-1851. The transcripts of the parish registers 1559-1851 are available on microfiche from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)

Military History



  • 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, 1859-91 and 1916-1948.