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Guilden Morden

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[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013

"GUILDEN-MORDEN, a parish in the hundred of Armingford, county Cambridge, 5 miles north-west of Royston, its post town, and 13 south-west of Cambridge. It is situated on the river Cain. The Ashwell station on the Hitchin and Cambridge branch of the Great Eastern line of railway, is 5 miles south of the village, which is considerable. The parish includes the ancient manor of Odsev. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely, value £350, in the patronage of Jesus College, Cambridge, the master and fellows of which are lords of the manor. The church is a fine structure, dedicated to St. Mary, and has recently been much beautified. It contains monuments of the Hayo and Storey families. The charities amount to nearly £20 per annum. The Independents have a chapel, and there is a National school for both sexes. Coprolites are found in considerable quantities. Lord Hardwicke is lord of the manor."

"ODSEY, a manor and hamlet in the parish of Guilden-Morden, hundred of Odsey, county Cambridge, 4 miles west by south of Royston. It gives name to the hundred."

[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]


  • The Monumental Inscriptions in the graveyard of St. Mary's church 1617-1985, the cemetery 1897-1935 and the Congregational churchyard 1845-49, 1892 are recorded in the Cambridge Records Office and are available, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)





Church History

  • "The church of St. Mary is an embattled building of flint and stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave with clerestory, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower with four crocketed pinnacles and spire, containing a clock and 6 bells: the double 14th century screen, which separates the chancel from the nave, is almost unique in England: in 1856 the interior was thoroughly repaired: in the church are memorials to William Hay, 1620; Thomas Storey, 1670; Frances Storey, 1675 and to Gertrude Storey, 1723: the church affords 420 sittings. At the entrance to the churchyard is a Runic cross of Cornish granite, erected in 1920 in memory of the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. The register dates from the year 1653. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £325, including 160 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of Jesus College, Cambridge, and held since 1919 by the Rev. Llewellyn Griffith Scott Price M.A. of Trinity College, Dublin. The churchyard is now closed to interments, but an acre of ground was bought in 1897 for the purpose of a cemetery, and is under the control of the Parish Council. The Congregational chapel, built in 1841, has 500 sittings."
    [Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]
  • Guilden Morden Congregation Church have a website with their history.

Church Records

  • Church of England
    • Guilden Morden, St. Mary: Records of baptisms 1653-1898, marriages 1659-1966, burials 1653-1869 and banns 1754-1812, 1824-97 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. Indexed transcripts for baptisms, marriages and burials 1599-1845 plus indexes to baptisms 1846-98, marriages 1846-1966 and burials 1846-69 also reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. The parish register transcripts for the years 1599-1845 are available on microfiche from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search) The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1599-1845 can be found in the Cambridge University Library along with registers of Odsey Mausoleum 1879-1929.
    • Guilden Morden, Congregational: Records of baptisms 1824-1928, 1942 and burials 1824-48 (the burials have also been transcribed) reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives.

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Description and Travel

  • "At the southern end of the parish is the site of a Roman cemetery: excavations were carried out by the Cambridge Archaeological Society, end the various relics found are now exhibited in the museum of archaeology and ethnology at Cambridge University."
    [Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]



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  • The Guilden Morden Great Fire which made nearly sixty persons homeless was reported on 27th May 1881 - Herts & Cambs Reporter


  • "In the reign of Edward II. there were two principal manors in this parish, then belonging to the families of Kyriell and Avenell; one of these was given to the Priory of Barnwell, but after the Reformation it was consolidated with the manors of Bondesbury, Bancis, Foxley and Pychards as a single manor, and known as the manor of Guilden Morden."
  • "Morden Hall, an ancient mansion containing an oratory or chapel and surrounded by a large moat, was formerly the seat of Thomas-de-Hayguilden, and in 1375 a licence was granted by Bishop Arundell for the celebrating of divine offices in the chapel of the mansion; it is new the residence of George Stevenson esq. The manor was purchased in 1806 by Philip, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke."
    [Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]

Military History



  • Land Tax: records were compiled afresh each year and contain the names of owners and occupiers in each parish, but usually there is no address or place name. These records reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives for the years 1798 (on microfilm) and 1811-1948.