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

"CHILDERLEY, a parish in the hundred of Chesterton, in the county of Cambridge, 7 miles north-west of Cambridge, and 3 north-east of Caxton. The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Ely, value £20, in the patronage of north Calvert, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is in ruins, having been destroyed by Sir John Cutts. Childerley Hall was the ancient seat of the Cutts family. It has recently been rebuilt on the site of the old hall, and is a handsome edifice in the Elizabethan style. Charles I. was brought here after his arrest at Holme, in Lincolnshire, and the chamber in which he was confined has been carefully preserved."

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



Church History

  • "There were originally two churches here, one of which was dedicated to St. Mary; both were destroyed and the village depopulated by Sir John Cutte bart. of Childerley, about the beginning of the 16th century, for the purpose of forming a deer park. Divine service is conducted in the chapel attached to Childerley Hall." [Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire - 1929]

Church Records

  • Church of England
    • Formerly two parishes; both churches were destroyed and the parish depopulated about 1500; parish register entries are normally in Boxworth parish registers but some entries are in the Knapwell registers, 1701-8.

Description and Travel

  • "Childerley Hall, the property and residence of Francis Benjamin Brooke esq. is a mansion in the Elizabethan style, and was rebuilt upon the foundation of the manor house, the old seat of the Cutts family: to this house Charles I. was brought in 1647 by the messengers of Cromwell, after his seizure at Holdenby Hall, in Northamptonshire; the ancient and elaborately painted and wainscoted room which he occupied, now called by his name, is carefully preserved, and the paintings in it have been restored. The farm buildings on the estate are most extensive, and include a barn 333 feet in length." [Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire - 1929]



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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), 1830-32 and 1880-1948.