[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013
"ELM, a parish in the hundred of Wisbech, county Cambridge, 2 miles south-east of Wisbech, its post town and nearest railway station on the Great Eastern line. The Wisbech canal passes through the parish. The land is chiefly pasture and arable, with 25 acres of plantation. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £400, in the patronage of the bishop, who is lord of the manor. The parish church is a stone structure, with square tower surmounted by a spire. It is dedicated to All Saints. The register commences in 1550. There is also a district church at Friday Bridge, the living of which is a perpetual curacy,* value £300, in the patronage of the bishop. The parochial charities produce about £200 per annum, above £50 of which is for education. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel, and there is an endowed school for boys. A tesselated pavement was found adjoining Needham Hall, which was taken down in 1804. In the vicinity numerous Roman coins have been found."
[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]