Little Gidding, Huntingdonshire
Gidding, Little, a village and a parish in Huntingdonshire, on Alconbury' brook, 7 miles SSW of Stilton, and 7 SW of Holrne station on the G.N.R. Post town, Peterboro'; money order and telegraph office, Sawtry. Acreage, 724; population, 48. A Protestant nunnery was founded here in 1625 by Nicholas Ferrars; was visited in 1633 and 1646 by Charles I., and was soon afterwards dissolved. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely, consolidated with that of Great Gidding; joint net yearly value, £230 with residence. The church is good and partly modern, and contains monuments of the Ferrars.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Little Gidding St. John|
|Poor Law union||Oundle|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register of baptisms dates from the year 1637
Church of England
St. John (parish church)
The church of St. John is a small edifice of brick and stone, erected in the early part of the 17th century, and consisting of chancel and nave only: the east window and one other are stained, and the walls are panelled with oak: there is a brass eagle lectern and an ancient bronze font of 17th century date, which was presented to the church by Nicholas Ferrar, the only example of its kind: the church was restored and adorned with painted glass in 1853 by William Hopkinson esq. F.S.A. who bought the estate in 1848: there are 40 sittings.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Little Gidding from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Gidding, Little (St. John))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Huntindonshire is available to browse.