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

"MEPAL, a parish in the hundred of South Witchford, county Cambridge, 6 miles west of Ely, its post town, and 5 south-east of Chatteris railway station. The village, which is small, is situated on the rivers Old and New Bedford, and is wholly agricultural. The land is principally in pasture and common. The tithes of Mepal have been commuted for a rent-charge of £270. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value £280, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient structure, in which are many relics of great antiquity. The register dates from 1790. The charities produce about £173, of which £1.60 is realised from poor's land, and £15 to a school. There are two dame-schools. The Wesleyans and Baptists have each a place of worship."

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






Church History

  • "The church of St. Mary, anciently belonging, according to the inscriptions on the tomb of Alan de Walsinghm, sub-prior ans sacristan of Ely cathedral, to the church of Ely, is a building of flint and stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western turret containing one bell : the chancel was restored by the Rev. Charles S. Harris LL.M. rector (1876-84), and the church in 1905 at a cost of £600 : in 1908 the interior was reseated and a vestry added at a cost of £200 : there are 100 sittings. The register dates from the year 1559." [Kelly's Directory - 1929]

Church Records

  • Church of England
    • Mepal, St Mary's: The registers reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives for baptisms 1809-2005, marriages 1754-2001, burials 1813-1919 and banns 1754-1792, 1876-1967. The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1600-48 and 1662-1857 can be found in the Cambridge University Library.
  • Methodist Church


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Military History

  • The War Memorial has been transcribed and the men researched.


  • 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 1750-1948; 1798 is on microfilm at Huntingdon Record Office.