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Wicken, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

Wicken, a parish, with a village, in Cambridgeshire, 4 miles SSW of Soham station on the G.E.R., and 7 NW of Newmarket. It has a post office under Soham; money order and telegraph office, Soham. Acreage, 3934 of land and of water; population, 716. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. The village is much frequented in summer by entomologists on account of the rare specimens of moths and butterflies, some of which are not met with anywhere else. There is also an ancient abbey, once occupied by various members of the Cromwell family, some of whom are buried in the old church. Ancient coins and other antiquities have been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; net value, £175 with residence. Patron, the Church Patronage Society. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Gothic style, and has been restored. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, a church mission hall, and three almshouses.

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 parishWicken St. Lawrence 
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