by Colin Hinson ©2013
"GREAT EVERSDEN, a parish in the hundred of Longstow, county Cambridge, 4 miles south-east of Caxton, and 5 south-west of Cambridge, its post town. It is situated near Bourn brook and Naro Way. Chalk is quarried, and fossils are found in great numbers. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely, value £59, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The charities produce about £3 per annum. The register commences in 1541. The Independents have a chapel, and there is a British school for both sexes. The President and Fellows of Queen's College, Cambridge, are the lords of the manor.
- The Monumental Inscriptions in the graveyard of St. Mary 1737-1977, and the Independent chapel 1810-1953, are recorded in the Cambridge Records Office. These inscriptions are also available on microfiche from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)
- The Census Records from 1841-1891 can be found in the Cambridgeshire Archives. In addition the 1851 Census for Great Eversden is available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)
- "The church of St. Mary is a plain building of rubble in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch and an embattled western tower, with a short wooden spire covered with lead and a projecting belfry containing 3 bells: in the east wall of the chancel is a piscina, and on the other side a small aumbry: the rood staircase and upper door remain: there are some old benches, two having misereres, and a Jacobean pulpit: the church was restored about the year 1864, and again in 1920 at a cost of £370, and affords 175 sittings. The register dates from the year 1541."
- "The Congregational chapel was first founded in 1689; the present building was erected in 1845, at a cost of £1,000: in the chapel is a tablet to the Rev. Francis Holcraft M.A. who was imprisoned for nearly nine years, in 1663, and at a later period for another three years, for preaching to an Independent congregation here: there are 500 sittings: the chapel is endowed with a bequest of about £200 in 3 per Cent. Consols, from Robert Leete esq. who also left a sum of £100 for the poor in connection with this place of worship, and another £100 was bequeathed by Stephen Leete esq. for the support of the ministry here."
[Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]
- Church of England
- Great Eversden, St. Mary: Records of baptisms 1538-1812, marriages 1565-1991, burials 1541-1812 and banns for 1755-1844 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives, indexed transcripts exist for baptisms 1538-1992, marriages 1565-1991, burials 1541-1990 and banns 1755-1990, the parish register transcripts, 1538-1992, are available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search). The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1599-1678, 1702-1835 and 1855-61 can be found in the Cambridge University Library.
- Great Eversden, Independent: Records of baptisms 1795-1836 (on microfilm) reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives, indexed transcripts exist for baptisms 1797-1836, and transcripts for baptisms 1828-45, 1857-83 and 1904-18.
- A transcript of the GreatEversden parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the GreatEversden parish entries from 1929 Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Great Eversden to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL362535 (Lat/Lon: 52.162974, -0.010177), Great Eversden which are provided by:
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- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- The Eversdens War Memorial has been transcribed and researched.