Soham with Barway, Cambridgeshire Family History Guide

Soham with Barway is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cambridgeshire.

Other places in the parish include: Barway.

Alternative names: Soham

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1563

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, Unitarian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Ely St Mary
  • Stuntney
  • Fordham
  • Land Common to Ely Holy Trinity and Ely St Mary
  • Mildenhall, Suffolk
  • Thetford
  • Wicken
  • Isleham

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SOHAM, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Newmarket district, Cambridge. The town stands on the Lode navigation, 5½ miles SSE of Ely r. station; had a monastery founded in 630 by St. Felix, and destroyed in 870 by the Danes; was the seat of a diocese during all the period of the monastery; is now a seat of county courts; presents a long, straggling, and irregular appearance, much improved by the recent erection of several handsome houses; and has a head post-office, a banking office, a good chief inn, a church, five dissenting chapels, an endowed school with £60 a year, a national school for girls, alms houses with £33 a year, other charities £554, a weekly market on Saturday, and a cattle fair on 9 May. The church exhibits characters from Norman to later English, is cruciform, and has an embattled tower. The parish comprises 12,706 acres. Real property, £28,635. Pop. in 1851, 4,706; in 1861, 4,278. Houses, 980. A large mere or lake was formerly here, but has been drained. About 10,000 acres are free land, now well-drained, and worked into a state of high cultivation. Orchards and gardens occupy much ground, and send large produce to London, Liverpool, Norwich, and Newcastle. The living is a vicarage, with Barway chapelry, in the diocese of Ely. Value, £1,654. Patron, Pembroke College, Cambridge.

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

Parish Records

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Cemeteries

St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Soham, Cambridgeshire, monumental inscriptions, 1598-1978 Author: Cambridgeshire Family History Society

Census

Census returns for Soham, 1841-1891

Church history

Notes on the Church of St. Andrew, Soham, Cambridgeshire Author: Olorenshaw, J. R.

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Soham, 1850-1856 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Soham (Cambridgeshire)

Church records for the Independent Chapel, Soham, 1801-1839 Author: Independent Chapel (Soham, Cambridgeshire)

Parish chest records, 1663-1890, Soham Author: Soham (Cambridgeshire)

Parish register transcripts, 1558-1791, 1890-1906 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Soham (Cambridgeshire); Minns, George, 1855-

Parish register transcripts, 1558-1812 Author: Minns, George, 1855-; Church of England. Parish Church of Soham (Cambridgeshire)

Soham Branch record, 1851-1857 ; [miscellaneous records, 1659-1874] Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Soham Branch (Cambridge); LDS Church Historian’s Office

Soham parish registers, baptisms, 1558-1875; marriages, 1558-1875; burials, 1558-1875; index Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Soham (Cambridgeshire); Cambridgeshire Family History Society

Computer printout of Soham, Cambs., Eng

Computer printout of Soham, Independent, Cambs., Eng

Court Records

Manor court books of Soham and Fordham, 1694-1852 Author: Manor of Soham. Court (Cambridge); Manor of Fordham. Court (Cambridge)

History

Soham memories Author: Awbery, Joan; Stittle, Henry, b. 1889

Soham, Cambridgeshire, England notes Author: Minns, George, 1855-

Occupations

Parish chest records, 1663-1890, Soham Author: Soham (Cambridgeshire)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Parish chest records, 1663-1890, Soham Author: Soham (Cambridgeshire)

Poor law records, 1709-1835

Public records

Parish chest records, 1663-1890, Soham Author: Soham (Cambridgeshire)

Schools

School records of Pratt Street School, 1875-1925 Author: Pratt Street School (Soham, Cambridgeshire)

School records of Soham Fen Board School, 1903-1925 Author: Soham Fen Board School (Soham, Cambridgeshire)

School records of Soham Jr. Girls’ Council School, 1911-1925 Author: Soham Jr. Girls’ Council School (Soham, Cambridgeshire)

School records of Townsend Council School, 1875-1925 Author: Townsend Council School (Soham, Cambridgeshire)

Taxation

Parish chest records, 1663-1890, Soham Author: Soham (Cambridgeshire)

Maps

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

Administration

  • 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