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

"STAPLEFORD, a parish in the hundred of Thriplow, county Cambridge, 4 miles south-east of Cambridge, its post town, and 55 from London. The village is situated on the river Granta. The soil is gravelly. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture and the manufacture of strawplait. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £131, in the patronage off the dean and chapter. The church is an ancient edifice dedicated to St. Andrew. The living was once held by Bentham, the antiquary, who died here in 1794. The church contains a brass of W. Lee, bearing date 1617. The parochial charities produce about £27 per annum. Gog-Magog Hills is the principal residence."

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


  • "A cemetery of half an acre was formed in 1880, the ground being given by Dr. William Collier, of Oxford; it is under the control of the Parish Council of 7 members." [Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire 1929]
  • The Monumental Inscriptions in the graveyard of St. Andrew 1617-1967 are recorded in the Cambridge Records Office. These inscriptions are also available on microfiche from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)





Church History

  • "The church of St. Andrew, erected between 1260 and 1330 is a building of stone and clunch in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave with arcades of five arches, aisles, south porch and a western tower with spire containing 6 bells; in the chancel is a double piscina and in the nave two single piscinae, and there is a brass, dated 1617, to the Rev. William Lee, a former vicar: the spacious south porch belongs to the Decorated period, and the nave arcades are of the same date: the tower, excellently constructed, is Early English: the nave and aisles were restored ant renewed in 1868, at a cost of £1,000; and in 1882 a stained east window was erected as a memorial to Henry Collier and his daughters: the church clock was presented in 1924 by Capt. Going, at a cost of £190: there are 250 sittings. The register dates from the year 1557."
  • "There is a small Particular Baptist chapel."
    [Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire 1929]

Church Records

  • Church of England
    • Stapleford, St. Andrew's: Records of baptisms 1557-1935, marriages 1557-1937, burials 1557-1921 and banns 1754-1812, 1825-1906, 1925-67 reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. Index transcripts of baptisms 1557-1935, marriages 1557-1941and burials 1557-1921 also reside in the Cambridgeshire Archives. The Bishop's Transcripts for the years 1599-1867 can be found in the Cambridge University Library.The parish register transcripts for Stapleford St. Andrew 1557-1941 are also available on microfiche from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Publications list (search)


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  • 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), 1829-32 and 1880-1948.