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Isleham, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Isleham, a village and a parish in Cambridgeshire. The village stands near the river Lark and the boundary with Suffolk, 3½ miles E from Soham, and 6 N from Newmarket, and has a station on the Cambridge and Mildenhall branch of the G.E.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Soham. The parish comprises 5230 acres; population, 1698. Limestone is worked and exported. A priory, a cell to St Jagitto or Jacntus in Brittany, was founded here before 1219, and removed to Linton in 1254. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; net value, £282 with residence, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor. The church is Decorated English, with a rebuilt Norman tower; comprises nave, aisles, transept, and porch; and was restored in 1862, and again in 1883. There are two Baptist chapels, a Primitive Methodist chapel, and charities worth about £200 a year.

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 parishIsleham St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionNewmarket 

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 districtCB7
Post TownEly