Haslingfield (All Saints)

HASLINGFIELD (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Chesterton, hundred of Wetherley, county of Cambridge, 5½ miles (S. W. by S.) from Cambridge; containing 689 inhabitants. The parish comprises 2500 acres by measurement: there are quarries of stone called clunch, of which much is used for the interior of buildings. The village is pleasantly situated on the river Cam. The living is a vicarage, endowed with a portion of the rectorial tithes, valued in the king's books at £8. 10. 7½., and in the patronage of C. Mitchell, Esq., who is impropriator of the remainder of the rectorial tithes: the whole have been commuted for £922. 18., whereof £650. 19. are payable to the vicar, and there are 8 acres of glebe. The church is a handsome structure in the early and decorated English styles, with a lofty embattled tower, and contains some monuments to Sir Thomas Wendy and family. There is a place of worship for dissenters. A school was founded by Simon Ertman, a Dane, who died here in 1658; the income is £40 per annum. In a chapel dedicated to the Virgin, and formerly much resorted to, a pair of huge iron fetters was hung up, as a votive offering, by Lord Scales, in commemoration of his release from imprisonment. Dr. Wendy is said to have had the honour of entertaining Queen Elizabeth in his mansion here, now the property of Earl Delawarr.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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