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Downham in the Isle, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Downham in the Isle, a village and a parish in Cambridgeshire, on the G.E.R., with a station called Black Bank, 2½ miles N by W from Ely. There is a post and money order office under Ely; telegraph office, Ely. Acreage, 10,154; population, 1878. The manor formerly belonged to the see of Ely, but now belongs to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, and was once the principal residence of the bishops. The palace was last occupied by Bishop Wren, and was suffered to decay during the Commonwealth, but some remains of it exist, and a portion of the building is used as a farmhouse. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; value, £1195. Patron, the Bishop of Ely. The church, a. building of rubble in the Norman, Early English, and Perpendicular styles, was restored in 1890. There are Baptist, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 parishDownham St. Leonard 
Poor Law unionEly 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Cambridgeshire 1575 and 1619 is available online.

DistrictEast Cambridgeshire
Postal districtCB6
Post TownEly