Orwell, Cambridgeshire Family History Guide

Orwell is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cambridgeshire.

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Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1560
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1599

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Meldreth
  • Barrington
  • Little Eversden
  • Wimpole
  • Great Eversden
  • Harlton
  • Whaddon

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ORWELL, a village and a parish in Caxton district, Cambridgeshire. The village stands adjacent to the Roman road to Cambridge, 3 miles NNW of Shepreth r.station, and 6¾ N of Royston; and has a post-office under Royston. The parish comprises 1,850 acres. Real property, £3,464. Pop., 645. Houses, 135. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Capt. Bendyshe. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £440. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church is ancient; consists of nave, aisles, and fine chancel, with porch and tower; and containsmonuments of Professors Stubbs and Mason, who were rectors. A chapel was formerly at Malton, and is nowa ruin. There are a Wesleyan chapel, an endowed school with £50 a year, and charities £82.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Census

Census returns for Orwell, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Orwell, 1599-1895 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Orwell (Cambridgeshire)

An indexed transcription of the parish registers of Orwell : baptisms, 1569-1950; marriages, 1560-1950; burials, 1560-1950; banns, 1754-1950 Author: Whiston, R. W.; Cambridgeshire Family History Society; Church of England. Parish Church of Orwell (Cambridgeshire)

The marriage register of the parish of Orwell, Cambs., England, from 1653 to 1837 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Orwell (Cambridgeshire); Whiston, R. W.

Orwell, Cambridgeshire: baptisms, 1653-1895; marriages, 1653-1684, 1690-1901; banns, 1754-1895; appendix, 1676-1682, 1806; burials, 1653-1895; index Author: Mason, Jo; Cambridgeshire Family History Society; Church of England. Parish Church of Orwell (Cambridgeshire)

Parish registers for Orwell, 1560-1877 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Orwell (Cambridgeshire)

Record of members, [1850?]-1856 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Orwell Branch (Cambridge)

The register of the parish of Orwell, Cambs. 1560-1653 Author: Whiston, Robert Wilmot

Computer printout of Orwell, Cambs., Eng

Cemeteries

St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Orwell, Cambridgeshire, monumental inscriptions, 1729-1977 Author: Cambridgeshire Family History Society

Land and property

Land tax assessments for the parish of Orwell, 1810-1832 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Cambridgeshire)

Court Records

Manor court records of Orwell and Mortimers in Foxton, 1709-1749; Manor court records of Orwell, 1751-1864 Author: Manor of Orwell and Mortimers. Court (Cambridge)

Taxation

Land tax assessments for the parish of Orwell, 1810-1832 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Cambridgeshire)

Schools

School records of Orwell Church of England School, 1885-1911 Author: Orwell Church of England School (Orwell, Cambridgeshire)

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County: Cambridgeshire
  • Civil Registration District: Caxton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Ely (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Barton
  • Poor Law Union: Caxton
  • Hundred: Wetherley
  • Province: Canterbury