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Fordham, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Fordham, a village and a parish in Cambridgeshire. The village stands near the boundary with Suffolk, 3½ miles SE of Soham station on the G.E.R., and 5 N of Newmarket, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Soham., The parish' comprises 4204 acres; population, 1284. A Gilbertine priory, a cell to Sempringham Abbey, was founded here in the time of Henry III. by Robert de Fordham, and given at the dissolution to W. Paris. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; net yearly value, £340. Patron, Jesus College, Cambridge. The church is an ancient building of flint and stone in the Perpendicular style. There are also Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels, six almshouses and other charities. Fordham Abbey is a chief residence.

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 parishFordham St. Mary 
Poor Law unionNewmarket 

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

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 Fordham from the following:

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 districtCB7
Post TownEly