[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013
"FORDHAM, a parish in the hundred of Staploe, county Cambridge, 4½ miles north of Newmarket, and 519 south-west of Mildenhall. Soham is its post town, and the nearest railway station is Newmarket. Market Street is a small place a little to the south of the village, which is considerable. A religious establishment of the order of Gilbertines was founded here at the beginning of the 13th century by Robert de Fordham, which, after the Dissolution, passed to the Paris and Russell families.
The land is chiefly arable, with a small proportion of pasture and woodland. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely, value £348, in the patronage of Jesus College, Cambridge. The church is an ancient stone edifice, dedicated to St. Peter. The register commences in 1600. The parochial charities consist of endowments producing about £50 per annum, and several almshouses. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel, and there are National schools for both sexes. There are some beautiful and extensive nursery grounds near the village. Fordham Abbey is the principal residence. The tithes were commuted for land and a money payment under an Enclosure Act in 1809."
[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]