Morden, Steeple (St. Peter and St. Paul)
MORDEN, STEEPLE (St. Peter and St. Paul), a parish, in the union of Royston, hundred of Armingford, county of Cambridge, 5 miles (W. by N.) from Royston; containing 797 inhabitants. It comprises 3853 acres, of which the far greater portion is arable, and one-fifth part pasture and woodland; the soil is fertile, and the substratum generally chalk and clunch. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £6. 18. 6.; patrons and impropriators, the Warden and Fellows of New College, Oxford. The great tithes have been commuted for £704. 10., with a glebe of 201½ acres, and the vicarial tithes for £235, with a glebe of 21½ acres. The church is an ancient and spacious structure, much mutilated, and unsightly from the loss of the steeple, which fell down many years since. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.
Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.