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Great Gidding, Huntingdonshire

Historical Description

Gidding, Great, a village and a parish in Huntingdonshire, on Alconbury brook, adjacent to Northamptonshire, 6 miles SW by S of Stilton, and 5½ SW of Holrne station on the G.N.R., with a post office under Peterboro'; money order and telegraph office, Sawtry. Acreage, 2348; population, 445. The manor belonged formerly to the Eugaines and to the Earls of Rockingham, and belongs now to G. C. Wont-worth Fitzwilliam, Esq., J.P. The living is a vicarage, consolidated in 1875 with that of Little Gidding; joint net yearly value, £230 with residence. The church, a building in the Early English style, was restored in 1870. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, and there is a school supported by the Fitzwilliam family. In the village are the kennels of the Fitzwilliam Hunt.

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 parishGidding St.Michael 
Poor Law unionOundle 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms dates from the year 1579; marriages, 1564; burials, 1572.


Church of England

St. Michael (parish church)

The church of St. Michael is a building in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with lofty spire, containing 5 bells: the stained east window was erected in 1869 by R. B. Hatfield M.D. in memory of the Hatfield family, and there are three other stained windows: the church retains a curious holy water stoup resembling a Norman capital: the church was restored in 1870, at a cost of about £1,885, raised by subscription: there are 250 sittings.


Baptist chapel

There is a Baptist chapel.


Wesleyan chapel

There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Directories & Gazetteers

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

Land and Property

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

Postal districtPE28
Post TownHuntingdon