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Colne, Huntingdonshire

Historical Description

Colne, a parish in Huntingdonshire, adjacent to the river Ouse, 1 mile SE of Somersham station on the G.E.R., the .same distance from Bluntisham station, and 5½ miles NE of St Ives. It has a post office under St Ives; money order and telegraph office, Bluntisham. Acreage, 1753; population, 305. The living is a curacy, annexed with that of Pidley to the vicarage of Somersham, in the diocese of Ely; joint net yearly value, —£600. The church is Early English, with an internally-situated tower, and there is also a Baptist .chapel. There is the site of an old Roman settlement in this parish which is known as the " camp ground."

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 CountyHuntingdonshire 
Ecclesiastical parishColne St. Helen 
Poor Law unionSt. Ives 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1665.


Church of England

St. Helen (parish church)

The original church, dedicated to St. Helen, was almost half a mile from the village, and appears to have been erected about the time of Henry III. It consisted of nave with aisles and south porch, and a low tower at the west end containing four bells. It fell down in 1896. The present church of St. Helen, erected in 1900 on a new site, is an edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, aisle, south porch and a low embattled tower at the west end containing 4 bells, and will seat about 200 persons.


Baptist chapel

There is a Baptist chapel, erected in 1870, with 100 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 Colne from the following:

Land and Property

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

Postal districtPE28
Post TownHuntingdon