Outwell is an Ancient Parish partly in Cambridgeshire and partly in Norfolk.

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Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1698

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Upwell, Cambridgeshire
  • Outwell, Norfolk
  • Elm
  • Emneth, Norfolk
  • Upwell, Norfolk

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

OUTWELL, a village and a parish in the district of Wisbeach and counties of Cambridge and Norfolk. The village stands on the old river Nen and on the Wisbeach canal, immediately N of Upwell, and 5 miles SSE of Wisbeach r. station; and has a post-office under Wisbeach. The parish comprises 506 acres in Cambridgeshire; and, together with a part of Emneth, 2,512 in Norfolk. Real property of theportion, £2,107. Pop. in 1851, 442; in 1861, 381. Houses, 91. Real property of the N portion, £6,169. Pop. in 1851, 1,006; in 1861, 884. Houses, 197. The property is much sub-divided. The manor belongs to W. Townley, Esq. Beaupré Hall is the residence of the Rev. W. G. Town-ley. A hermitage or Benedictine house stood ancientlyat Molycourt; and was made a cell to Ely by Henry VI. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £631. Patron, the Bishop of Norwich. The church is a brick building, covered with cement; was recently repaired, at a cost of £2,200; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, a mixed school, and charities £163.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

See Also Outwell, Norfolk


Census returns for Outwell, 1841-1891

Church Records

Parish registers of St. Clement Outwell & St. Eheldreda Coldham Author: Cambridgeshire Family History Society


School records of Outwell Infant School, 1904-1925 Author: Outwell Infant School (Outwell, Cambridgeshire)


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Cambridgeshire
  • Civil Registration District: Wisbeach
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk
  • Diocese: Norwich
  • Rural Deanery: Fincham
  • Poor Law Union: Wisbech
  • Hundred: Wisbech
  • Province: Canterbury

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