Helpston, Northamptonshire Family History Guide

Helpston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Northamptonshire.

Alternative names: Helpstone

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1685
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1701

Nonconformists include: Calvinist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HELPSTONE, a village and a parish in Peterborough district, Northamptonshire. The village stands adjacent to the Syston and Peterborough railway, 2½ miles from the boundary with Lincolnshire, and 4 SSW of MarketDeeping; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, a post office under Market-Deeping, and a fine early English stone cross. The parish comprises 1,860 acres. Real property, £3, 372; of which £43 are in quarries. Pop., 763. Houses, 148. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Sir John Trollope, Bart. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £108. Patron, the Hon. George W. Fitzwilliam. The church is of various dates, from Norman downward; has an early Norman tower, surmounted by an octagonal decorated English tower and spire; had once a chantry; was partially restored in 1862 and in 1865; and contains three sedilia, an octagonal font, and a piscina. During the restoration of it there were found an ancient stone coffin, many Norman and early English sepulchral slabs, very many early mediæval glazed flooring tiles, and some fragments of Roman flue tiles. There are an Independent chapel, a free Methodist chapel of 1863, and a national school with £40 a year from endowment.

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


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


  • County: Northamptonshire
  • Civil Registration District: Peterborough
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Peterborough (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Peterborough
  • Rural Deanery: Peterborough
  • Poor Law Union: Peterborough
  • Hundred: Nassaborough
  • Province: Canterbury