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Little Raveley

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

"LITTLE RAVELEY, a parish in the hundred of Hurstingstone, county Hunts, half a mile south of Great Raveley, and 4 south-west of Ramsey. The parish is of small extent, and the village consists of only a few scattered houses. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ely, value £50. The church, dedicated to St. James, was erected in the middle of the 14th century, and was formerly a chapel-of-ease to Bury. It is an ancient structure capable of containing eighty persons, and has recently been repaired and much improved. The Earl of Sandwich is lord of the manor. A Roman urn of blue earth and several skeletons were found while working a gravel pit.

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


  • The monumental inscriptions of Little Raveley have not yet been recorded by the Huntingdonshire FHS.



  • Census information for this parish (1841 - 1891) is held in the Huntingdon Records Office.
  • The full 1841 Census of Little Raveley Parish is available in fiche format as Fiche Set C85 - (Broughton, Great Raveley, Little Raveley and Woodwalton).
  • The full 1851 Census of Little Raveley Parish is available in fiche format as Fiche Set C35 - (Broughton, Great Raveley, Little Raveley and Woodwalton).
  • A surname index of the 1881 Census of the Huntingdon Registration District, in which Little Raveley was enumerated (RG11/1600, Folios 143a - 144a), and which took place on 3rd April 1881, has been produced on fiche.
  • A full transcription of the 1891 Census of Ramsey Registration District (RG12/1234) in which Little Raveley was enumerated, and which took place on 5th April 1891, has also been produced on fiche.
  • The above mentioned fiche are available from the Huntingdonshire FHS.


  • St. James's Church, Little Raveley.


Church History

  • OS Grid Square TL 256820.
  • The church of St James consisted only of a chancel and a nave. The walls are of rubble with stone dressing, partly plastered, and the roofs are covered with tiles.
  • The chancel was probably built around 1230 and the nave was rebuilt late in the 14th century, when it was widened in the south. The chancel was restored in 1914.
  • Late in the 20th century, the church was deconsecrated, modified and turned into a private house.

Church Records

  • These are available in the Huntingdon Records Office.
    • Baptisms: 1596-1782, 1783-1795, 1793-1801, 1813-1961
    • Banns: 1823?-1949, 1952-1954
    • Marriages: 1577-1749/50, 1756-1808, 1838-1955, 1958-1962
    • Burials: 1576-1782, 1784-1794, 1793-1812, 1814-1970
    • Bishop's Transcripts: 1604-5, 1610, 1612, 1618-19, 1625-7, 1661-72-7, 1680-1, 1683, 1686-8, 1690, 1692, 1694, 1696-7, 1699-1702, 1707, 1712-14,1716, 1719-20, 1724-6, 1730, 1734-8, 1740-51, 1754-8, 1760, 1762-5, 1767-9, 1771, 1773, 1775, 1779-80, 1782-3, 1785-93, 1795-1804, 1806-13/1813-14, 1816-24/1825-31, 1834, 1837, 1839, 1845-9, 1853-4.
  • The Huntingdonshire Marriage Indexes include marriages from this parish. These are, at present, issued in alphabetical listings in series: 1601-1700, and 1701-1754, and are available from the Huntingdonshire FHS Bookstall. It is also available for credit card purchases through the On-line Family History Fair, GENfair.

Civil Registration

  • The parish of Little Raveley was originally part of the Huntingdon Registration District from 1st July 1837. Subsequently it became part of the Ramsey sub-District. From 1st April 1997 it once again is part of the Huntingdon District.


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Names, Geographical

  • Roflea,
  • Raeflea,
  • Rafflea,
  • Raffley (x cent.),
  • Parva Ravele,
  • Ravele Minor (xiii cent.).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The parish of Little Raveley was in the Huntingdon Union for Poor Law administration.
  • Births and Deaths registered in the Huntingdon Union Workhouse (1838 - 1949) are available, at a cost of £1.50, from the Huntingdonshire FHS Bookstall.


  • Between 1801 and 1931, the population figues for Little Raveley were included with those for Great Raveley. From 1951, the population figures were included as part of Upwood.