Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire 1900

Fordham Abbey

Cyril Dunn-Gardner esq. of Fordham Abbey, is lord of the manor. The rectory manor is held by the Master and Fellows of Pembroke College, Cambridge. The principal landowners are John Dunn-Gardner esq. of 37 Grosveor Place, London S W; Cyril Dunn-Gardner esq; Thomas Brown Whiting esq; Mrs. Mary Taylor, and Charles Morbey esq of The Moat.

The parish is extensive, being in one direction more than 9 miles in length. The Fen, which covers 8,000 acres, has now, owing to the superior method of drainage, been brought into a high state of cultivation: there was formerly a large mere or lake on t he western side of the town: there are many orchards and gardens, and large quantities of fruit, especially plums, are yearly sent to London, Norwich, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bradford, Leeds and Manchester.

The area is 12,946 acres of land and 53 of water; rateable value, £22,608; and the population in 1881 was 3,980 and in 1891 was 4,138.

Parish Clerk, William Hart.

Public Establishments

Cemetery, Fordham road, William Hart, Churchgate St clerk; James Cater, curator County Court, Market place, His Honor William Willis Q.C. judge; Thomas P. Bendall, registrar, Sand street (offices); Charles Frederick Nicole, Ely, high bailiff; William Hart, deputy bailiff & broker, Churchgate street, Soham. The County Court comprise's within its jurisdiction the parishes of Fordham, Isleham, Soham with Barway & Wicken

For Bankruptcy purposes this court is included in that of Cambridge; Howard William Cox, 5 Petty Cury, Cambridge, official receiver
Certified Bailiff appointed under the " Law of Distress Amendment Act," Alfred William Cockerton, High St.
County Police Station, Clay street, Joshua Hodge, sergeant in charge
Stamp Office, Post office, James Smith

Places of Worship

(With times of services)

St. Andrew's Church, Rev. John Cyprian Rust M.A.
vicar; Rev. Ralph Adye Ram M.A. curate; 8 & 11 a.m. & 3 & 6.30 p.m.
Baptist, Rev. William Hughes; 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; Mon. 7.15 p.m.
Congregational, Rev. John Hancock; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m.
Primitive Methodist, Rev. John F. Read; 10.45 a.m. & 2.30 & 6.30 p.m.; wed, Thurs. & Sat. 7.15 p.m.
Primitive Methodist (Fen), Rev. John F. Read; 10.45 a.m. & 2.30 & 6.30 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m.
Wesleyan; 10.30 a.m. & 3 & 6.30 p.m.; Mon. 7.15 p.m.


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