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Great Bartlow, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Bartlow or Great Bartlow, a parish with a station on the G.E.R., in Linton union, Cambridgeshire, 2½ miles SE of Linton, which is the post town and money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 377; population, 123. Four barrows, popularly called Bartlow Hills, command an extensive view, and are generally, but erroneously, regarded as graves of the slain in the battle of 1016 between Edmund Ironside and Canute. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; net yearly value, £276 with residence. The church has a round Saxon tower, and is very good. It was restored in 1879.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCambridgeshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBartlow St. Mary 
Poor Law unionLinton 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1573.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary, an ancient edifice of flint and rubble in the Late Tudor style, and partially restored in 1879, consists of chancel, nave, north porch and a circular embattled western tower containing 3 bells: on the south wall of the nave is a fresco of St. Christopher, the Roman soldier, carrying the infant Saviour over a ford: the tower, which is much older than the body of the church, has walls six feet in thickness: the chancel retains a piscina and there is another in the south wall of the nave: the church affords 140 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Great Bartlow from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cambridgeshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Great Bartlow are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cambridgeshire papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Cambridgeshire 1575 and 1619 is available online.

DistrictSouth Cambridgeshire
Postal districtCB21
Post TownCambridge