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Shelford, Great (St. Mary)

SHELFORD, GREAT (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Chesterton, hundred of Thriplow, county of Cambridge, 4½ miles (S. by E.) from Cambridge; containing 803 inhabitants. It is situated on the road from London to Cambridge, and contains a station of the London and Cambridge railway. Here are some very extensive flour and oil-cake mills, driven by the stream of the Granta, and employing about 20 persons. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £13. 6. 8.; net income, £102; patron, the Bishop of Ely; impropriators, the Master and Fellows of Jesus College, Cambridge. The church is said to have been built by Bishop Fordham, who died in 1425; the steeple was blown down by a great storm in 1703, and again in 1798, but was rebuilt by subscription: in the chancel is a monument to Dr. Redman, Bishop of Norwich. There is a place of worship for Baptists. On a farm called Grannams, the property of St. John's College, are some remains of a Roman intrenchment. The late Rev. Robert Hall, the eminent dissenting minister, was for three years a resident in the parish.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.