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Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Swaffham Bulbeck, a parish, with a village, in Cambridgeshire, 2½ miles NW from Bottesham station on the Cambridge and Mildenhall section of the G.E.R., and 6 WSW of Newmarket It has a post and money order office under Cambridge; telegraph office, Swaffham Prior. Acreage, 4110; population, 800. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. Upper Hare Park is a chief residence. A Benedictine nunnery was founded at Swaffham Abbey before the time of King John by one of the Bulbeck family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; net value, £200 with residenc& Patron, the Bishop of Ely. The church, erected in the 14th century, is chiefly in the Late Decorated style, with an Early English tower. There is an endowed school with £35 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 parishSwaffham-Bulbeck St. Mary 
Poor Law unionNewmarket 

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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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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictEast Cambridgeshire
Postal districtCB25
Post TownCambridge