by Colin Hinson ©2013
"LONGSTOWE, a parish in the hundred of the same name, county Cambridge, 2 miles south of Caxton, its post town, and 12 south-west of Cambridge. The village, which is small, is situated on the old North road. A hospital for poor sisters was founded here in the reign of Henry III. by Walter, then vicar of this parish. The tithes were commuted for land and a money payment under an Enclosure Act in 1798. Fossil remains abound in the neighbourhood, consisting of ammonites and bones of large extinct quadrupeds. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, valued in the king's books at £4 8s. 4d. The church is ancient. The register commences in 1558. The charities, arising partly from land and cottages, produce about £30 per annum, and are applied to repairs of the church and relief of the poor. Joseph Simpson, Esq., is lord of the manor."
- The Monumental Inscriptions in the graveyard of St. Mary the Virgin are recorded in the Cambridge Records Office for the years 1603-1988. 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 Longstowe is available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)
- "The church of St Mary the Virgin is a building of brick faced with flint stone, built 1863-1864 on the site of the old church; it consists of chancel, nave, north chapel, south porch and a low embattled western tower containing one hell, and also a peal of six tubular bells presented in 1898 by Mrs. Rushton, to which two others were added in 1903 as a memorial to her: the original church was blown down in 1719, and the monuments to the Cage family which it contained are now in the chancel of the church. The small chapel on the north side was built by the late Captain Sidney Stanley : the stained east window, a memorial to John Sharp esq. of Manchester, and Dorothea his wife, was presented by their children in 1864; the west window was erected by Mrs. Rushton to her three brothers, and in 1904 a memorial window was erected to Mrs. Sharp: the church has 180 sittings. An oak lych gate was erected in 1896 by his widow as a memorial to the Rev. James Rushton M.A. rector here 1852-95. A beautiful rood was erected in 1920 as a memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. The register dates from the year 1569." [Kelly's Directory- Cambridgeshire - 1929]
- Church of England
- Longstowe, St. Mary the Virgin: Records of baptisms 1570-1923, marriages 1570-1836, 1839-1989, burials 1570-1812 and banns for 1754-75, 1798-1800, 1810-85 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1599-1679, 1711-56, 1786-1856 can be found in the Cambridge University Library. Indexed transcriptions of baptisms 1568-77, 1584-1861, marriages 1570-77, 1584-1640, 1653-1860 and burials for the years 1569-77, 1584-1861 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. Parish register transcripts of Longstowe St Mary the Virgin, 1568-1861, are available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)
- "Longstowe Hall is an ancient mansion purchased in Queen Elizabeth's reign by the Cage family, who rebuilt the house; it was acquired by W. A. Briscoe esg. J.F. in 1906: in 1907-12 new terraces and a courtyard were added and extensive interior alterations made: it stands in a park of about 175 acres, and has well laid out pleasure grounds; there are fish ponds in the park, which is well studded with timber besides having good plantations." [Kelly's Directory- Cambridgeshire - 1929]
- A transcript of the Longstowe parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Longstowe parish entries from 1929 Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Longstowe to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL307552 (Lat/Lon: 52.179578, -0.089883), Longstowe which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- 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 War Memorial has been transcribed and the men researched.
- Records exist at the Cambridgeshire Archives for Longstowe & Arrington Union Workhouse, later the Public Assistance Institution, for births 1838-47, 1866-1928 and deaths 1914-30.