Kimbolton Huntingdonshire Family History Guide

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Kimbolton is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Huntingdonshire.

Other places in the parish include: Wornditch, Stonely, and Newtown.

Parish church: St Andrew

Parish registers begin: 1647

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Christians (Plymouth Brethren?), Independent/Congregational, Moravian/United Brethren, and Wesleyan Methodist.

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Parishes adjacent to Kimbolton

  • Little Catworth
  • Stow Longa
  • Tilbrook
  • Easton
  • Great Staughton
  • Spaldwick
  • Pertenhall

Historical Descriptions

Beeton's British Gazetteer 1870

Kimbolton, a market town of England, in Huntingdonshire, 10 miles S.W. from Huntingdon, noted for its castle, which is the seat of the duke of Manchester. Post town, St. Neots. It has a money ord. off. Manf Lace-making. Mar. D. Fri. Pop. 1800. It is a telegraph station, and a station on the Kettering and Cambridge line of the Midland Railway.

Source: Beeton's British Gazetteer 1870. Ward, Lock & Tyler, Paternoster Row, London.

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Kimbolton, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district in St. Neots district, Huntingdon. The town stands on the river Kym, under Kimbolton hill, near the boundary with Beds, 8 miles N.W. by W. of St. Neots r. station, and 11 W.S.W. of Huntingdon; was anciently known as Kinnibantum; and has a post office under St. Neots, a church, three dissenting chapels, a grammar school, three other public schools, an alms house, and charities £168. The church is early English; consists of nave, aisles, chancel, two chantries, and S. porch, with W. tower and broach spire; and contains a double piscina, some monuments of the Montagues, and some old armour and banners. The grammar school affords a liberal education, including some instruction in agricultural chemistry; and has an endowed income of £220. A weekly market was formerly held on Friday; and fairs are held on Easter-Friday, Whitsun-Friday, the Fridar after Old Michaelmas, and 11 Dec. The town gives the title of Baron to the Duke of Manchester. The parish contains also the hamlets of Wornditch, Newtown, and Stonely; and comprises 5,061 acres. Real property, £9,140; of which £50 are in gasworks. Pop., 1,661. Houses, 376. The manor belonged to the Mandevilles, the Bohuns, and the Staffords; formed part of the marriage dowry of Queen Catherine of Arragon; was given, by Henry VIII., after her death, to the Wingfields; passed to the Montagues; and belongs now to the Duke of Manchester. Kimbolton Castle is the Duke's seat; succeeded a previous mansion, in which Queen Catherine died; was built by Sir Richard Wingfield, and much improved by Charles, first Duke of Manchester; is a quadrangular edifice, with embattled parapet and central court; has a hexastyle portico at the main entrance; and stands in an extensive well wooded park. An Angustinian priory was founded at Stonely, about 1180, by one of the Mandevilles; and has left some remains. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £200. Patron, the Duke-of Manchester.—The sub-district contains also twelve other parishes, six of which are electorally in Beds. Acres, 3 4, 429. Pop., 9, 349. Houses, 2, 067.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

KIMBOLTON, a market town and parish in the hundred of Leightonstone, county of HUNTINGDON, 10½ miles (W. by S.) from Huntingdon, and 63 (N. N. W.) from London, containing 1562 inhabitants. The town is pleasantly situated on the verge of the county, amidst sloping hills and woodlands diversified with fertile valleys. There are a few lace-makers, but the general employment of the inhabitants is in agriculture. The market is on Friday; and fairs are held on the Friday in Easter week, for sheep and pedlary, and on the 11th of December, for cattle and hogs. A constable is appointed at the courts leet and baron held under the Duke of Manchester, who is lord of the manor. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Huntingdon, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king’s books at £5, and in the patronage of the Duke of Manchester. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is surmounted by a lofty spire. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Moravians, and Wesleyan Methodists. A grammar school is endowed for a master and an usher; and there is an almshouse for four poor widows. Kimbolton castle, the magnificent residence of the Duke of Manchester, an ancient stone edifice, situated in a spacious park, was the residence of Catherine of Arragon, first wife of Henry VIII., subsequently to her divorce, where she also died. In this parish are the remains of Stonely priory, a convent of canons of the order of St. Augustine, founded by William Mandeville, Earl of Essex, about 1180, and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the revenue of which, at the dissolution, was valued at £62. 12. 3. Kimbolton gives the inferior title of baron to the Duke of Manchester: it was the birth-place of Lord Kimbolton, afterwards Earl of Manchester, a parliamentary general in the civil war.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831


  • County: Huntingdonshire
  • Civil Registration District: St Neots
  • Probate Court: Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon
  • Diocese: Pre-1837 - Lincoln, Post-1836 - Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Leightonstone
  • Poor Law Union: St Neots
  • Hundred: Leightonstone
  • Province: Canterbury