Burwell is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cambridgeshire, created in 1600-1700s from Burwell St Andrew Ancient Parish and Burwell St Mary Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Reach.

Alternative names: Burwell St Andrew, Burwell St Mary

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1560
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1567

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Wood Ditton
  • Fordham
  • Exning
  • Stetchworth
  • Swaffham Prior
  • Wicken

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BURWELL, a village and a parish in Newmarket district, Cambridge. The village stands 4 miles ESE of the river Cam, and the same distance NW of Newmarket r. station; consists chiefly of one irregular street; has a post-office under Cambridge; and was once a market-town. Traces of a castle are here, built before the Conquest, and besieged in the war between Stephen and the Empress Matilda. Seventy-eight persons were accidentally burnt to death in a barn here in 1727. The parish includes also part of the hamlet of Reach. Acres, 7,232. Real property, £15,227; of which £1,142 are in quarries. Pop., 1,987. Houses, 403. About one half of the land is fen. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £335. Patron, the University of Cambridge. The church is fine decorated English; was partly restored in 1861; and has a pinnacled tower. There are a mission church of 1863, Independent, Baptist, and Wesleyan chapels, an endowed school, two national schools, a British school, and charities £152.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog – Free


St. Mary’s, Burwell, monumental inscriptions Author: Cambridgeshire Family History Society


Census returns for Burwell, 1841-1891

Church Records

Baptismal register for Burwell Independent Chapel, 1747-1836 Author: Independent Chapel (Burwell, Cambridgeshire)

An indexed transcription of the parish registers of Burwell : baptisms 1562-1950; marriages 1561-1950; burials, 1562-1950; banns 1754-1950 Author: Cambridgeshire Family History Society; Borton, N. A. B.; Travers, N. K., Mrs.

Parish registers, 1562-1860 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Burwell (Cambridgeshire)

Parish registers, 1798-1846 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Burwell (Cambridgeshire)

Computer printout of Burwell, Cambs., Eng

Computer printout of Burwell, High Town Independent, Cambs., Eng

Parish register printouts of Burwell, Cambridge, England (Independent, High Town Chapel) ; christenings, 1747-1796, 1818-1836 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Court Records

Manor court records of Burwell Rectory, 1809-1879; St Omers in Burwell, 1733-1853; and Burwell Tiptofts, 1772-1855 Author: Manor of Burwell. Court (Cambridge)


Burwell : a stroll through history Author: Richardson, Heather M.


Old maps of Britain and Europe from A Vision of Britain Through Time


  • County: Cambridgeshire
  • Civil Registration District: Newmarket
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury
  • Diocese: Post-1836 – Ely, Pre-1837 – Norwich
  • Rural Deanery: Fordham
  • Poor Law Union: Newmarket
  • Hundred: Staploe
  • Province: Canterbury

Similar Posts