Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire Family History Guide

Swaffham Prior is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cambridgeshire, created in 1667 from Swaffham Prior St Mary Ancient Parish and Swaffham Prior St Cyriac and St Jolitta Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Reach.

Alternative names:

  • St Cyriac
  • St Mary
  • Swaffham Prior St Cyriac and Swaffham Prior St Jolitta
  • Swaffham Prior St Mary

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1599

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

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SWAFFHAM-PRIOR, a village and a parish in Newmarket district, Cambridge. The village stands 5½ miles W of Newmarket r. station; was once a market-town: and has a post-office under Cambridge. The parish contains also the ancient hamlet of Reach; was originally two parishes, St. Mary, and St. Cyriac; and comprises 5,297 acres. Real property, £8,432. Pop., 1,329. Houses, 312. The property is subdivided. S. House is the seat of P. Allix, Esq. The living is a double vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £500. Patron, alternately the Bishop of Ely and the Dean and Chapter. St. Mary’s church is a picturesque ruin; St. Cyriac’s church has been rebuilt; and both stand in one church-yard. There are two dissenting chapels, an endowed school with £30 a year, alms houses, and other charities.

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. Mary’s and St. Cyriac’s, Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire, monumental inscriptions, 1711-1921 Author: Cambridgeshire Family History Society

Census

Census returns for Swaffham Prior, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Swaffham-Prior, 1599-1851 Author: Church of England. St. Cyriac and St. Julitta’s Church (Swaffham-Prior, Cambridgeshire); Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (Swaffham-Prior, Cambridgeshire)

An indexed transcription of the parish registers of Swaffam Prior, Sts. Cyriac & Julitta; St. Mary Author: Travers, N. K., Mrs.; Cambridgeshire Family History Society; Church of England. St. Cyriac and St. Julitta’s Church (Swaffham-Prior, Cambridgeshire); Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (Swaffham-Prior, Cambridgeshire)

Parish registers for St. Cyriac and St. Julitta’s Church, Swaffham-Prior, 1559-1877 Author: Church of England. St. Cyriac and St. Julitta’s Church (Swaffham-Prior, Cambridgeshire); Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (Swaffham-Prior, Cambridgeshire)

Swaffham Prior, SS. Cyriac & Julitta , Cambridgeshire, baptisms, 1559-1644, 1652-1662; marriages, 1559-1643, 1653-1661; burials, 1559-1644, 1652-1658 Author: Travers, N. K., Mrs.; Church of England. St. Cyriac and St. Julitta’s Church (Swaffham-Prior, Cambridgeshire); Cambridgeshire Family History Society

Swaffham Prior, St. Mary, Cambridgeshire Author: Travers, N. K., Mrs.; Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (Swaffham-Prior, Cambridgeshire); Church of England. St. Cyriac and St. Julitta’s Church (Swaffham-Prior, Cambridgeshire); Cambridgeshire Family History Society

Court records

Manor court books of the manor of Knights in Swaffham Prior, Cambridge co., 1673-1875; manor court books of Baldwins otherwise Lees in Swaffham Prior, 1673-1851 Author: Manor of Knights. Court (Cambridge)

Land and property

Land tax assessments for the parish of Swaffham-Prior, 1759-1831 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Cambridgeshire)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Public records, 1627-1850 Author: Swaffham-Prior (Cambridgeshire)

Taxation

Land tax assessments for the parish of Swaffham-Prior, 1759-1831 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (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 Bishop of Ely (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Camps
  • Poor Law Union: Newmarket
  • Hundred: Staine
  • Province: Canterbury