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Friday Bridge

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[Transcribed and edited information mainly from Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire 1929]

"FRIDAY BRIDGE is an ecclesiastical parish, formed July 3rd, 1860, from the civil parish of Elm, 3½ miles south from Wisbech and 3½ northeast from Coldham station on the Peterborough and Wisbech section of the London and North Eastern railway, in the hundred, petty sessional division, union, county court district, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Wisbech and diocese of Ely.

The soil is loamy; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are potatoes, fruit, barley and oats. The area is 4,530 acres; the population in 1921 was 930."

[Description(s) transcribed by Martin Edwards ©2003 and later edited by Colin Hinson ©2010]
[mainly from Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire 1929]


  • The Census Records for Fridaybridge can be found under Elm from 1841-1891 are held in the Cambridgeshire Archives and also in the Wisbech Library. In addition the 1851 Census for Elm is available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)


  • St. Mark's Church}, Fridaybridge.


Church History

  • "The church of St. Mark is a structure of brick with stone facings in the Early Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, chantry chapel, south porch and a western tower with spire and containing one bell: there is a memorial tablet placed by Sir Walter W. and Lady West to their oldest son, Lieut. Walter Montagu West, of the 1st Cambridgeshirs Regiment (T.F.), who died of wounds received near Ypres on May 5th, 1915, and to those who fell with him: there are 200 sittings. The register dates from the year 1860. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £417, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Ely, and held since 1910 by the Rev. Walter William Covey-Crump M.A. of Ayerst Hall, Cambridge, rural dean of Wisbech. By an Order in Council, dated February 15, 1912, burials have ceased in St. Mark's church and churchyard. There are Wesleyan and United Methodist chapels. In the centre of the village is a clock tower of brick and faced with stucco, erected to the memory of the 24 men of this parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18." [Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]

Church Records

  • Church of England
    • Fridaybridge, St Mark: Records of marriages 1869-1969 are held at Wisbech Museum. Microfilm copies of baptisms 1860-75, marriages 1869-75, burials 1869-75 and banns 1869-75 are held at both the Cambridgeshire Archives and the Wisbech Museum.
  • Methodist
    • United Methodist Church: Records exist at the Cambridgeshire Archives for the baptisms 1904-14.


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Military History


Names, Geographical

  • The following places are in this parish :- COTTONS , 2½; miles south-east, and WALDERSEA , a district of about 5,500 acres, drained by steam power, the water being pumped into the river Nene by a powerful engine on the South Brink, about 3 miles from Wisbech. [Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]