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Girton, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Girton, a parish in Cambridgeshire, 3¼ miles NNE of 'Cambridge, and 2½ SW from Histon station on the G.E.R. Jt has a post office under Cambridge; money order and telegraph office, Cambridge. Acreage, 1681; population, 480. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; net yearly value, £301 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church, a building of rubble and stone, chiefly in the ,Perpendicular style, has a tower, contains two brasses of the 15th century, and was restored in 1858. Girton College, first opened at Hitchin in 18G9, and removed toGirton in 1873, is a self-supporting institution designed ior the higher education of women, and by a grace of the Senate of the University of Cambridge granted in 1881, its students are admitted to the previous and tripos examinations. The college, a plain building of red brick, stands on the Huntingdon Road, about 1½ mile from Cambridge. There is a Baptist 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 parishGirton St. Andrew 
HundredNorth Stow 
Poor Law unionChesterton 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Cambridgeshire 1575 and 1619 is available online.

DistrictSouth Cambridgeshire
Postal districtCB3
Post TownCambridge