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Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Shelford, Little, a parish, with a village, in Cambridgeshire, on the river Cam, half a mile WSW of Shelford station on the Bishops Stortford and Cambridge branch of the G.E.R, and 4½ miles S of Cambridge. It has a post office under Cambridge; money order and telegraph office, Great Shelford. Acreage, 1196; population, 494. The manor belongs to the Clay family. Shelford Hall and the manor house are chief residences. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; net value, £244 with residence. Patron, St. Catherine College, Cambridge. The church is an ancient and interesting building of stone in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, S chapel, S porch, and a western tower. It contains some fine brasses of 1393 and 1405, a beautiful altar-tomb, with recumbent effigy in armour, to Sir John Freville, and a Decorated font. There is a Congregational 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 parishLittle Shelford All Saints 
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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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictSouth Cambridgeshire
Postal districtCB22
Post TownCambridge