by Colin Hinson ©2013
"ORWELL, a parish in the hundred of Wetherley, county Cambridge, 7 miles north of Royston, and 3 north of Shepreth, its railway station. Arrington is its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is situated near the Roman road, and is wholly agricultural. The soil is of a clayey and chalky nature with a subsoil of gualt, clay, and limestone. The rectorial and vicarial tithes have been reunited under the authority of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely, value £313, in the patronage of Trinity College, Cambridge. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, or, according to others, to St. Andrew, is an ancient structure with a tower containing a clock and five bells. There are monuments of Professor Stubbs and Mason, formerly rectors of this parish. The parochial charities produce about £132, of which £50 goes to Colbatch's school. A school-house was erected on the site of the older one in 1853, at which the Sunday-school is also held. There is a place of worship for the Wesleyans. At Malton, anciently a district parish, are remains of a church now used as a barn. Captain Bendyshe is lord of the manor."
- The Monumental Inscriptions in the graveyard of St. Andrew are recorded in the Cambridge Records Office for the years 1691-1978. 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 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871 Census for Orwell is available in full transcript form, on microfiche, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)
- "The church of St. Andrew is a building of stone and flint, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 5 bells: the chancel is Perpendicular and the nave Early English: in the chancel is an effigy of Dr. Jeremiah Radcliffe, one of the 47 translators of the Bible in 1608-11, buried here 4 March, 1611: the church was repaired in 1883, at a cost of £949, under the direction of Mr. William White. architect, of London, when the roof was renewed in oak, part of the old timber being re-incorporated; at the intersections of the ribs in the chancel is an interesting series of shields, bearing the arms of many of the principal county families painted in distemper, but the blazonry being almost obliterated was restored from a record preserved in a manuscript at Wimpole Hall: in 1918 a Roll of Honour, containing the names of the parishioners who fell in the Great War, 1914-18, was erected over the altar on the north side of the church: there are 250 sittings. The register dates from the year 1500."
- "There is Wesleyan chapel."
[Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]
- Church of England
- Orwell, St. Andrew: Records of baptisms 1569-1895, marriages 1560-1991, burials 1560-1992 and banns for 1754-1963 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives,
- Indexed transcripts exist for baptisms 1569-1895, marriages 1560-1901 and burials 1560-1895.
- The parish register transcripts, 1560-1950, are available in full transcript form on CDrom from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search).
- The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1599-1642, 1662-65, 1677-96, 1708-16 and 1726-1859 can be found in the Cambridge University Library.
- "The Marriage Register of the Parish of Orwell from 1653 to 1837" (transcribed by the Rev R W Whiston and published in 1927) is a very long and detailed document which includes over 600 marriage records with preface and a full alphabetical name index. Many Wimpole names appear among the Orwell records. This has been published on-line by Steve Odell.
- The Orwell historical photographic section of the Orwell website contains photographs of Orwell Football Orwell Football Club - league and cup winning teams 1922 - 1947. Orwell People Photographs of Orwell people and Orwell families 1895 - 1921. Orwell School Orwell School group photographs of pupils 1899 - 1906. Orwell Village A selection of images of the village of Orwell 1900-1936.
- A transcript of the Orwell parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Orwell parish entries from 1929 Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Orwell to another place.
- The Local History of Orwell including old wills, recent obituaries, house histories and personal memories.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL360503 (Lat/Lon: 52.134271, -0.014378), Orwell 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 Plaque in the Church has been transcribed and the men researched.
- " WILLESMERE DOWN lies north-east, and Hoback half a mile south-west." [Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]