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

"GOREFIELD is an ecclesiastical parish, in the Isle of Ely, formed under the provisions of the Leverington Rectory Act, 1870, out of the civil parishes of Leverington, Newton and Parson Drove, and is 4 miles north-west from Wisbech, in the hundred, petty sessional division, union and county court district of Wisbech, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Wisbech and diocese of Ely.

The parish room, erected in 1904 at a cost of £300, and enlarged in 1925, is a building in the Gothic style, used as a Sunday school and temporary day school. The soil is rich loam; subsoil, clay; the chief crops are fruit, oats, beans, potatoes, wheat and mustard. The population in 1921 was 1,489."

[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 from 1841-1891 can be found in the Cambridgeshire Archives. In addition the 1851 Census for Leverington, of which Gorefield is part, is available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)


  • St. Paul's Church, Gorefield.


Church History

  • "The church of St. Paul, erected in 1870 is a building of flint and stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, vestry, south porch and a turret containing one bell: there are 308 sittings. The register dates from the year 1871. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £647, with residence, in the gift of thc Bishop of Ely, and held since 1915 by Rev. John Hagley Rutter M.A. of Exeter College, Oxford. There is a Congregational chapel, erected in 1836, which has 200 sittings."
    [Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]

Church Records

  • Church of England
    • Gorefield, St. Paul: Records of baptisms 1871-1930, marriages 1871-1972, burials 1871-1980 and banns 1871-1927 reside in the Wisbech Museum.


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