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Grantchester, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Grantchester, a village and a parish in Cambridgeshire. The village stands on the river Granta or Cam, 2½ miles SSW of Cambridge town, and 3½ SSW of Cambridge railway station, is believed to occupy or represent the site of a Roman station, and has a post and money order office under Cambridge; telegraph office, Cambridge. Acreage of parish, 1537; population, 1196. An old manor house was a retreat of King's College in the time of plague, Roman remains have been found. Bricks are made. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; gross yearly value, £220 with residence. Patron, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The church is partly Decorated English, partly Perpendicular, has a tower, and contains an ancient stone font and an altar-tomb. There are a chapel of ease and a Baptist chapel. An annual fair is. held here on 25 July, or, when the 25 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, on the following Monday. The river has always retained its ancient name of Granta, from which the village takes it name. The churchyard is one of those claiming to be the scene of Gray's " Elegy."

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 parishGrantchester St. Mary and St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionChesterton 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Grantchester 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.

DistrictSouth Cambridgeshire
Postal districtCB3
Post TownCambridge