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Horningsea, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Horningsea or Hornsea, a parish, with a village, in Cambridgeshire, on the river Cam, 2 miles from Waterbeach station on the G.E.R., and 3½ NE by N from Cambridge. It has a post office under Cambridge; money order and telegraph office, Waterbeach. Acreage, 1647; population, 438. An ancient priory here was destroyed about 870 by the Danes. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; gross value from patrons, £200 with residence. Patron, St John's College, Cambridge. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Transition Norman and later styles, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower. Coprolites are found in considerable quantities.

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 parishHorningsea St. Peter 
Poor Law unionChesterton 

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Land and Property

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DistrictSouth Cambridgeshire
Postal districtCB25
Post TownCambridge