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Houghton, Huntingdonshire

Historical Description

Houghton, a village and a parish in Huntingdonshire. The village stands on the river Onse, 2½ miles WNW from St Ives station on the G.E.R., G.N.R., and M.R. Junction. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Huntingdon. The parish comprises 1549 acres; population, 417. The manor belongs to the Dnke of Manchester. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; gross yearly value, £150 with residence. Patron, the Duke of Manchester. The church is a very ancient building in the Perpendicular style, consists of nave, N aisle, chancel, and S porch, with tower and spire, and contains an Early English stone seat, and an elegant piscina. There is a chapel used by the Baptists and Con-gregationalists. Houghton Hill is a county residence standing in a park of 70 acres.

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 parishHoughton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionSt. Ives 

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


A cemetery of one acre was opened in 1905, at a cost of about £200.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1633, and records a "prodigious flood" on 9 June, 1725.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary, an ancient structure chiefly in the Perpendicular style, consists of chancel, nave with clerestory, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower with a spire and containing 5 bells, which in 1878 were taken down and rehung at a cost of £7: the chancel was restored in 1851 and again in 1870, and retains an elegant piscina and a stone seat in the Early English style; there are memorial windows to Gilbert Ansley, d. 1860. and Gilbert John Ansley. d 1875, and a brass placed in 1897 to Mary Anne, widow of Gilbert Ansley: the pulpit was made in 1893 from the wood of a tree out of Houghton Hill Park: in 1902, a new chancel screen with rood was erected: in 1870-1 the church underwent a thorough repair, at a cost of £200: there are 160 sittings.


Union chapel

Here is a small Chapel, used in common by Congregationalists and Baptists, and built in 1840, at the joint expense of the late Potto Brown esq. J.P. and the late Joseph Goodman esq.

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 Houghton from the following:

Land and Property

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

Postal districtPE28
Post TownHuntingdon