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Orwell, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Orwell, a village and a parish in Cambridgeshire. The village stands adjacent to the Roman road to Cambridge, 3 miles NNW of Shepreth station on the Hitchin, Royston, and Cambridge line of the G.N.R., and 6½ N of Royston. It has a post office under Royston; money order and telegraph office, Arrington. The parish comprises 2083 acres; population, 689. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. There are a large brewery and some malt-ings, The manor belongs to the Bendyshe family of Barrington Hall. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; gross value, £301 with residence. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church is an ancient building of stone and flint; consists of nave, aisles, and fine chancel, with porch and tower; and contains monuments of Professors Stubbs and Mason, who were rectors. There is a Wesleyan chapel. A school was founded in 1745 by Dr Colbatch, and endowed with the rent of a farm in Bedfordshire.

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 parishOrwell St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionCaxton and Arrington 

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.

DistrictSouth Cambridgeshire
Postal districtSG8
Post TownRoyston