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(Update July 2017) The pages on this old website are being progressively moved
across to a new website at www.wimpolepast.co.uk. Some relocated pages
have an automatic transfer in operation, many are being re-linked, and a growing
number of pages have been deleted. The plan is to delete this entire website by
the autumn so please reset any existing bookmark settings to the new site.



Site Index
A Guide to the Wimpole Web Site
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Wimpole Hall and St Andrew's Parish Church
Workers at the Estate Woodyard c1910
The alter tomb of Sir Thomas Chicheley (died 1616)
Pupils at Wimpole School in 1930
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[Except where otherwise noted, the following pages are largely as they were in 2006]

Wimpole History (People):

The 1881 Census
The full 1881 Census Record for the Parish of Wimpole. The residence, name, relation to head of family, marital status, age, sex, occupation and place of birth of the men, women and children living in Wimpole in 1881.

The 1881 Census (Caxton Union Workhouse)
The full 1881 Census Record for the staff and inmates of the Caxton and Arrington Union Workhouse which is where the able-bodied poor from the Parish of Wimpole were sent. The name, marital status, age, sex, occupation and place of birth of the 129 men, women and children living at the Workhouse in 1881. Now includes map, photographs and site plan.

The 1891 Census
The full 1891 Census Record for the Parish of Wimpole. The residence, name, relation to head of family, marital status, age, sex, occupation and place of birth of the men, women and children living in Wimpole in 1891.

The 1901 Census
The full 1901 Census Record for the Parish of Wimpole. The residence, name, relation to head of family, marital status, age, sex, occupation and place of birth of the men, women and children living in Wimpole in 1901. It might be of interest that a full 10% of the 1901 population of Wimpole record Cornwall as their county of birth.The presentation includes family photographs and additional information.

The 1901 Census (Orwell)
Page two of the 1901 Census for the Parish of Orwell. Of local interest are the 14 properties listed as numbers 2 to 15 New Orwell. These properties are now within the Parish of Wimpole following the parish boundary change in April 1999. Links to page one and the 1881 and 1901 census pages.

Wimpole Parish Registers - A NEW PAGE on the new 'WIMPOLE PAST' site July 2017. The link should transfer you. Index page to the Parish Registers from 1560 to 1863, baptisms, banns, marriages and burials plus churchyard register, censuses 1881-1901, a huge index of Wimpole surnames and many other pages of information to aid genealogical research (*incomplete):
    

Index of Wimpole Names - A NEW PAGE on the new 'WIMPOLE PAST' site July 2017. The link should transfer you.
An alphabetical listing of all the surnames contained in the Wimpole Parish Registers from 1560 to 1863 cross-referenced with the dates of baptisms, marriages, banns and burials.

Baptisms 1560-1599
The page now complete and the missing years are now included. This page is the full Register of Baptisms at St Andrew's Church, Wimpole, for the years 1560 to 1599. Listings include godparents where known.

Wimpole Burials - Two NEW PAGES on the 'WIMPOLE PAST' site July 2017. The link should transfer you.
Recorded burials from the Wimpole Church Registers from 1560 to 1863.

Wimpole Parish Churchyard - A new page on the new 'WIMPOLE PAST' site July 2017. The link should transfer you. Index of names (from 1710 to 2003) and the location of known graves of those buried in the churchyard of St Andrew's Parish Church, Wimpole (also known as the Old Wimpole Cemetery). Includes monumental inscriptions, details of unmarked graves and those buried in the church vaults.

Yorke Family Tree
Bothered by those troublesome Yorkes? Don't know your Yorkes from your Hardwickes? The answer is now at hand! A new reference page giving basic biographical details of the principal members of the Yorke Family, taking the lineage down through the five Earls of Hardwicke who owned Wimpole from 1740 to 1894. Did you know our parish church has an admiral whose flagship was "HMS Victory"? Or a general who was at the Battle of Culloden and of whom it was later said by US President John Adams "I have planted the American standard at the Hague. There let it wave and fly in triumph over Sir Joseph Yorke and British pride."

Hardwicke Family Vault - A NEW PAGE on the new 'WIMPOLE PAST' site July 2017. The link should transfer you.
The Hardwicke (Yorke) Family Vault lies under the Chicheley Chapel and contains nine coffins. The page includes a description of the vault written in 1956, a 1985 photograph, and the transcriptions from the nine coffin plates.

Yorke Monumental Inscriptions
A page listing the inscriptions from the Memorials and Monuments to the Yorke Family in St Andrew's Parish Church and the Chicheley Chapel. This new page has the Monumental Inscriptions for Elizabeth Lygon (wife of John),
Philip Yorke (2nd Earl of Hardwicke), Agneta Johnston (second wife of Charles), Charles Philip Yorke and wife Harriet, and Philip Yorke (3rd Earl of Hardwicke). Additional inscriptions will be added in due course.

4th Earl of Hardwicke Obituary
The obituary for the Fourth Earl of Hardwicke (Charles Philip Yorke) as published in the London "Times" on the 18th September 1873. Also included is a report on his interment at Wimpole Church and a reminiscence of 'Uncle Hardwicke' by nephew Alexander Campbell Yorke.

The Yorkes - Deaths
A list of the 30 members of the Yorke Family who are buried or interred at St Andrews Parish Church. Plus a contemporary account of the "melancholy death" by drowning of Admiral Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke, K.C.B., whilst sailing between Spithead and Hamble. Other pieces on the general theme of Yorkes and Death include a recent report on a long forgotten monument in a Hampshire garden that claims the third Earl's heart - literally!

"Wimpole As I Knew It" A new page on the new 'WIMPOLE PAST' site July 2017. The link should transfer you.
A wonderful and nostalgic essay written in 1914 by Alexander Campbell Yorke, Rector of Fowlmere, 5th son of H R Yorke (brother of the 4th Earl of Hardwicke); the author was then a man of 62 and remembering his childhood at Wimpole Rectory from 1852 to 1871. See also the accompanying Biographical Note written by David Ellison.

An Old Wimpole Childhood (Arrington Site)
'Wimpole Park School Remembered 1949-1955'. A childhood growing up in Arrington and Old Wimpole remembered by Irene Bruce (née Lowe) writing in 2004. Includes a new photograph (with names!) of Wimpole Park school pupils dated July 1953.

Wimpole Rectors - A new page on the new 'WIMPOLE PAST' site July 2017. The link should transfer you.
The Rectors of the Parish of Wimpole from 1591 to 1949.

Wimpole and Arrington Parish War Memorial - A new page on the new 'WIMPOLE PAST' site July 2017. The link should transfer you. Includes Roll of Honour from the Memorial and Individual Commemorations (many entries with photographs and military details). Three pages.

Kelly's Directories
Wimpole entries from Kelly's Directories (and others) dated between 1869 and 1933. Wimpole history and Wimpole people.

Wimpole Chronicles - A new page on the new 'WIMPOLE PAST' site July 2017. The link should transfer you.
Wimpole-related extracts and press cuttings from 1770 to 1900.

The Orwell Chronicles (Orwell Site)
Over 200 Orwell-related extracts and press cuttings from 1770 to 1900 which include a number of early Wimpole stories and names. Includes reports on various thefts, fights, inquests, deaths, fires, entertainments, transportation (seven years each against theft of pig, shirt and beehives), cautions, suicides, advertisements, agricultural accidents, funerals, notices of sale, notice of enclosure, fatal fight, infant death by opium, weddings, maypole (lack of), argument leads to death, vegetable show prize winners, illegal measures given in Orwell shop, two boys drown in Wimpole pond, farm fires (one caused by traction engine), political meetings, illegitimate baby allowed to die, child burns to death, and a great storm at Wimpole.

Steam Contracting In Orwell (Orwell Site)
Clive Flack writes about the firm S.A.Flack & Son, the agricultural steam contractors that used to operate out of Fishers Lane, Orwell. For many years until the late 1940's, the company contracted Ploughing Engines to South Cambridgeshire farmers. These steam engines were used in pairs, standing at opposite ends of the field and hauling the ploughing implement alternately back and forth using a heavy duty steel cable. By 1965 the company had become Esmond Flack Limited - Hay & Straw Merchants, contractors for threshing, baling, chaff cutting and later combining. This brief history includes some fine photographs of local steam engines in the 1930's and 1940's.

Wimpole History (Places):

Wimpole History
Extremely Interesting Bits of Wimpole History! Seven excerpts from a history written in 1958 by the Women's Institute. Includes the entry for Wimpole in the Domesday Book (1086), the will of Sir William de Staudon (founder of the Chicheley Chapel), the origin of the names Wimpole Street and Oxford Street in London, the Great Storm in 1843, the 1853 "Rules for Lord Hardwicke's School in New Wimpole" (with an accompanying "Address to Parents") and a recollection of a Wimpole childhood by W G Newell (1876-1967) that includes memories of the annual two-day Wimpole Feast, Plough Monday and Gooding Day.

The "Oatlands" Sale 1921
The "Oatlands" estate on the south side of Cambridge Road was sold at Auction on Tuesday 27 September 1921. The sale included the "Oatlands" residence (now "Orwell Grange"), the empty Brewery/Cundall's Factory building, a Forge/Smithy, a 33 acre field and ten domestic properties fronting Cambridge Road. The page includes plans and detailed records taken from the Particulars of Sale document.

Wimpole Estate Sale 1933
A "snapshot" of New Wimpole in 1933 - a unique house by house record. Lord Clifden sold part of the Wimpole Hall Estate to W H Abbey Esq., who then sold outlying portions of the Estate by auction. The sale included almost every domestic property in New Wimpole. The detailed records of individual properties and tenants are taken from the Draft Prospectus, published in 1933.

List of Registers and Records
This page details the Wimpole Parochial Records deposited with the County Records Office at Shire Hall, Cambridge. There are many extracts and comments that provide a fascinating insight into the history of Wimpole. Includes contemporary notes from the registers on: grants, local events, rectors, church property, church vault, parish charities and the village school.

The Cundall (Orwell) Folding Machine Co Ltd. A new page on the new 'WIMPOLE PAST' site July 2017. The link should transfer you. For some fifty years, there was a factory located behind houses 31 to 39 Cambridge Road, Wimpole. Originally built as a brewery, the building later housed several companies making products such as paper folding machinery and parachute harnesses. This page covers the period between 1908 and 1913 when it was known as the Orwell Ironworks and home to The Cundall (Orwell) Folding Machine Co Ltd.

Wimpole History (Wimpole Hall):

Wimpole Hall
Links to history and information pages and external sites relating to Wimpole Hall.

Queen Victoria's Visit to Wimpole 1843
Extracts from Queen Victoria's Journal in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle, detailing a visit to Wimpole Hall in 1843. See also When Queen Victoria Visited, a short adaptation by David Ellison of reports about the Royal Visit in 1843 to Wimpole Hall carried in the Cambridge Chronicle (issues for 28 October and 4 November 1843).

Wimpole Hall Bibliography
A detailed reading list of books relating to Wimpole Hall.

Wimpole Hall Print
A c1875 engraving showing Wimpole Hall around 1855.

Wimpole Park (Arrington Site)
There is a large flat area of arable pasture situated just inside the Arrington Gates to Wimpole Hall. Between 1944 and 1960 the pasture, or Wimpole Park as it became named, was host in turn to an American Hospital treating army casualties of war, a squatters camp, an experimental teacher training college, a community school, emergency local authority housing, and lastly a US Air Force Hospital best remembered for being the 'place-of-birth' for hundreds of Americans.


Wimpole Places:

St Andrew's Parish Church
Although St Andrew's Parish Church stands close to Wimpole Hall, the Church is wholly independent from the National Trust. It is a living Parish Church within the Orwell Group of Parishes, and holds services on the first and third Sundays of each month. This page covers the history of the building and records the religious memorials on the walls of the nave. See also the pages on the Chicheley Chapel, Parish Churchyard and Hardwicke Family Vault.

Chicheley Chapel
A history of the Chapel and descriptions of the main religious monuments. Famous people buried at Wimpole include at least two Lord Mayors of London, two Lord Chancellors, various Earls, Knights, an Admiral, an Archdeacon, the daughter of Rudyard Kipling and Lady Savile who was the heroine of the siege of Sheffield Castle during the English Civil War.

Wimpole Parish Churchyard - A new page on the new 'WIMPOLE PAST' site July 2017. The link should transfer you. Index of names (from 1710 to 2003) and the location of known graves of those buried in the churchyard of St Andrew's Parish Church, Wimpole (also known as the Old Wimpole Cemetery). Includes monumental inscriptions, details of unmarked graves and those buried in the church vaults.

323rd Bomb Squadron Memorial
Between 1942 and 1945, American B-17 'Flying Fortress' bombers from the Bassingbourn airbase were parked and concealed within the South Avenue, a wide double row of mature elm trees that stretched for two miles across the Wimpole estate. The memorial is dedicated to the airmen and aircraft of the 323rd Bomb Squadron. The page includes a description of the Memorial and photographs of some of the aircraft and a wartime view of the Avenue.

West Avenue, Wimpole Park
The British Organ Donor Society has planted many trees dedicated to the memory of internal organ and tissue donors. Over 150 trees have now been adopted by donor families in memory of a loved one, and by recipients and their families as a gesture of thanks to a donor. The trees will be a living memorial for generations to come.


Wimpole Miscellaneous:

Home Page
The Wimpole Site Title Page.

Location Map (this site)
Where to find Wimpole.... The village of Wimpole lies about 12 km south-west of  Cambridge on the main A603 road.