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Balsham, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Balsham, a village and a parish in Cambridgeshire. The village stands near Worsted Street, 3 miles NNE from Linton station on the G.E.R., and 10 SW of Cambridge. It has a post and money order office under Cambridge; telegraph office, Linton. The parish has an acreage of 4550, and includes part of the Gogmagog Hills; population, 894. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; gross value, £887 with residence. Patrons, the Governors of the Charterhouse, London. The church is a handsome building of flint, rubble, and brick in the Perpendicular style. There is also a Congregational chapel.

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 CountyCambridgeshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBalsham Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionLinton 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1558.


Church of England

The Holy Trinity (parish church)

The church of the Holy Trinity is a very handsome edifice of flint, rubble and white brick, in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of large chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 5 bells: the chancel retains 24 stalls of the 14th century; there is a handsome rood screen of the same date, and a fine brass to John Sleford, rector, Master of the Wardrobe to Edward III. and canon of Ripon and Wells, who rebuilt the church and erected the stalls, and died in 1401; the brass includes his effigy in cope, with figures of saints, under a fine canopy and has a marginal inscription; there is another and eimilar brass to Dr. John Blodwell, ob. 1462; a third brass effigy, of a man in armour, probably dates from about 1475: in the south aisle is a memorial window, erected in 1866, to the Rev. Edward Wollaston M.A. 33 years rector, his wife Elizabeth and their daughter Agnes Cornthwaite: the church was restored and a new organ-chamber built by public subscription in the year 1875, under the direction of Mr. William Butterfield, architect, at a cost of £1,641: there are 800 sittings.


Congregational Chapel

There is a Congregational chapel, erected in 1833, with sittings for 300 persons.

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 Balsham from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Balsham are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cambridgeshire papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Cambridgeshire 1575 and 1619 is available online.

DistrictSouth Cambridgeshire
Postal districtCB21
Post TownCambridge