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Farcet, Huntingdonshire

Historical Description

Farcet, a village and a parish in Huntingdonshire, on the G.N.R., near the Old river Nen, 2½ miles S by E from Peterborough, with a post and money order office under Peterborough; telegraph office, Yaxley. Acreage, 4487; population of the civil parish, 812; of the ecclesiastical, 680. Much of the surface is fen. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; gross value, £350 with residence. Patrons, Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The church is a small but very ancient building of stone, chiefly in the Gothic style. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists; an endowed school, and some small charities.

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 
Civil parishStandground 
Poor Law unionPeterborough 

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

Church Records

The separate register dates from the year 1645.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is a small but ancient building of stone, dating from about 1200, and chiefly in the Gothic style, the tower being Transition Norman: it consists of clerestoried nave, aisles, south porch and a western tower with pinnacles, containing 3 bells: the interior retains a locker, a piscina and a stone seat, and the east window is stained: the pulpit dates from 1614: the structure was thoroughly restored in 1852 at the expense of the Rev. Robert Cory B.D. vicar, 1842-85: the church plate includes an ancient and curious cylindrical chalice of silver, inscribed round the rim with the legend:-"The Towne of Favset:" the tower, a good example of its style, was restored during the period 1894-7, at a cost of about £400: there are 210 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 Farcet from the following:

Land and Property

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

Postal districtPE7
Post TownPeterborough