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

"WYTON, (or Witton) a parish in the hundred of Hurstingstone, county Hunts, 2 miles north-west of St. Ives, and 3½ east of Huntingdon. The village is situated on the river Ouse, which passes through the parish. It was for some years the residence of Horne Tooke, and Charles James Fox was married here in September, 1795. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ely, value with the rectory of Houghton, £650. The church is dedicated to St. Margaret or to All Saints. There is a National school.

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







Church History

  • OS Grid Square TL 277723.
  • The Church of All Saints consists of a chancel, 19th century north vestry and organ chamber, nave, north aisle, 19th century tower at the south-west corner, and south porch. The walls are of rubble with stone dressings and the roofs are covered with tiles and lead.
  • Although the church is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, nothing of that period remains. The western half of the south wall of the chancel and the south wall of the nave are thick and probably are of 12th century date. The nave arcade and north aisle were built about 1200-1210, the nave being extended westwards as is indicated by the easterly position of the south doorway. The chancel was rebuilt and extended eastwards to nearly double its former size in the late 14th century, the chancel arch being rebuilt at the same time.
  • In 1866 the chancel was restored and the north aisle rebuilt, the south porch added and a south-west tower rebuilt replacing one of brick of 1846 (the ancient tower being of timber). The north vestry and organ chamber are also modern having been erected in 1912.

Church Records

  • The following are available in the Huntingdon Records Office.
    • Baptisms: 1605-1838 (indexed transcriptions), 1813-1959, 1961-1973.
    • Banns: 1754-1819 (indexed transcriptions), 1960-1971.
    • Marriages: 1605-1837 (indexed transcriptions), 1837-1956, 1957-1961, 1962-1967, 1968-1971, 1971-1973.
    • Burials: 1607-1838 (indexed transcriptions), 1813-1974.
    • Bishop's Transcripts: 1605, 1607-10, 1612, 1617-19, 1625/7 (see Houghton's BT's for 1678, 1687-8, 1690-2, 1694-1702, 1704-8, 1710-16, 1718, 1720, 1722-46, 1749-75, 1777-1809, 1811-13) ,1813, 1815/1846-7, 1849-55.
  • The Huntingdonshire Marriage Indexes include marriages from this parish. These are at present, issued in alphabetic listings in series: 1601-1700, and 1701-1754, and are available from the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire FHS.

Civil Registration

  • Wyton was originally in the St. Ives Registration District from 1st July 1837, which became a sub-District until 31st March 1997. It is now in the Registration District of Huntingdon.




You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL277723 (Lat/Lon: 52.333932, -0.127272), Wyton which are provided by:


Military History

  • The war memorial, which includes Houghton and Wyton, with detailed information about those who fell, is available on the Huntingdonshire Roll of Honour web site.

Names, Geographical

  • Witune (xi cent.),
  • Witton, Wytton (xii cent.),
  • Wyton (xiv - xx cent.).

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Wyton was part of the St. Ives Union (for Poor Law administration). Births and deaths registered in the St Ives Union Workhouse (1836 - 1913) are available, as fiche set D9, from the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire FHS.


  • Population in 1801 - 213.
  • Population in 1851 - 267.
  • Population in 1901 - 143.
  • Population in 1931 - 445.
  • Population figures from 1935 are incorporated into Houghton's population figures.