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Outwell, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Outwell, a village and a parish in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. The village stands on the old river Nen and on the Wisbech Canal, immediately N of Upwell, and 5 miles SSE of Wisbech, where there are stations on the G.E.R., G.N.R., and M.R., and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Wisbech. The parish comprises 591 acres in Cambridgeshire, with a population of 351; and 2499 acres in Norfolk, with a population of 882. There are two parish councils- one for the Norfolk portion of the parish with nine members, and one for the Cambridgeshire portion, with five. The manor belongs to the Townley family. A hermitage or Benedictine house stood anciently at Molycourt, and was made a cell to Ely by Henry VI. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £350 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Norwich. The church is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and tower. There are Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, and Free Methodist chapels, a working-men's institute erected in 1891, and some small charities.

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 parishOutwell St. Clement 
Poor Law unionWisbech 

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.

DistrictKing's Lynn and West Norfolk
Postal districtPE14
Post TownWisbech