by Colin Hinson ©2013
"HORSEHEATH, a parish in the hundred of Chilford, county Cambridge, 3 miles from Linton, its post town, 5 from Haverhill, and 14 from Cambridge. It is a station on the Great Eastern railway. It is a small agricultural village situated on the river Grants, and on the old Cambridge road. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £450. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value £400, in the patronage of the Charter House at London. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is as ancient structure, with a square tower containing three bells. The interior of the church contains a brass of Sir John do Argenteine, bearing date 1360, and a mural tablet to the late Lord Montfort. The parochial charities produce about £16 per annum. Horseheath Lodge, which is the principal residence, is situated about 1½ miles west of the village, and was formerly the seat of the Allingtons and Bromleys. There is a small chapel for Independents; also a National school."
- The Monumental Inscriptions in the graveyard of All Saints 15th century-1981 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 Horseheath is available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)
- "The church of All Saints is an ancient edifice of flint and rubble in the Gothic style of the 15th century, consisting of chancel, nave, north and south porches and an embattled western tower containing 4 bells: in the chancel is a 14th century brass of a knight in full armour, but the inscription is lost: on the south side of the chancel are monuments with effigies to Sir Giles Alington knt. master of the Ordnance, temp. Henry VIII. ob. 1586, and his son Gyles, both clad in armour; and on the north side a monument with effigies to Sir Giles Alington, ob. 1613, his wife Dorothy, and their in children, figures of whom surround the monument: there is also a tablet to one of the Bromleys, Barons Montfort of Horseheath, a title which became extinct on the death of Henry (Bromley); 3rd baron, April 30, 1851; a brass with mutilate effigy to Robert, son of Sir Giles Alington, ob. 1552 and Margaret (Coningsbie) his wife, and inscribed brasses to Joan Alyngton, sister and heir of John Argentein, ob. 1429, and to Mary (Cheyne), wife of John Alington, circa 1470: the church was restored and reseated in 1880-91, at a cost of £1,000: in 1911 six of the nave windows were completely restored at a cost of £166: there is a stone in the churchyard wall with the following inscription:-
"George V. R.I. our King, in mellow autumn tide
Here viewed a bloodless fray;
May duty, love and peace abide
To bless him day by day
Army Manoeuvres, Sep. 18, 1912."
- The church affords 190 sittings. The register dates from the year 1558."
- "There is a Primitive Methodist chapel here. "
[Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire 1929]
- Church of England
- Horseheath, All Saints: Records of baptisms 1558-1927, marriages 1558-1990, burials 1558-1924 and banns 1754-1813, 1823-1963 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. Index transcripts of baptisms 1558-1927, marriages 1558-1836 and burials 1558-1924 also reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1599-1649, 1662-1860 can be found in the Cambridge University Library.The parish register transcripts for Horseheath All Saints 1558-1924 are also available on microfiche from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)
- A transcript of the Horseheath parish entries from Stepehen Whatley's 1750 Topographical Gazetteer of England,
- A transcript of the Horseheath parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Horseheath parish entries from 1929 Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Horseheath to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL612473 (Lat/Lon: 52.100552, 0.352079), Horseheath which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- 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 War Memorial has been transcribed and the men researched.