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A local history and genealogy site for Wimpole, a village and parish in South Cambridgeshire.
Curated by Steve Odell.



Key to Photographs
Latest:
Key to Header Photographs
By Request - New information page about the header images above.
NEW. The wimpolepast.org site now has an upgraded search facility accessible at the top right corner of every page on this website. An advanced search facility (with advanced search tips) is also available. (31 Oct 2019)
The BBC Cambridgeshire website has picked up on our story of the three Skinner brothers from Wimpole who gave their lives during WW1. See the BBC "Remembrance Day: WW1 Brothers to be Remembered with Grave Wreath" page or view my pdf screen capture (use back button to return here). (09 Nov 2019)
Historic England put out an online Press Release ahead of Remembrance Day to highlight that 42 local War Memorials in the East of England had been awarded Grade II Status during 2019. The Press Release was picked up across the web, this example is on the Cambridge Network site: "First World War Memorials listed in East of England as Centenary of First Two-Minute Silence is Remembered". Not only was our Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial featured as the header photograph but it was also given "top billing", using additional information taken from wimpolepast.org. The story was also picked up on the 'Royston Crow' website. (06 Nov 2019)
What I am currently working on:
Parish Records "Banns" 1755-1863 + 1864-1889 [Resetting and extending to 1889]
Some Recent Pages:
The full 1881 Census for the Parish of Orwell. [Complete]
Many Wimpole 'names'.
[Pages rebuilt and moved to this site October 2019]
The full 1881 Census for the Parish of Arrington. [Complete]
Many Wimpole 'names'.
[Pages rebuilt and moved to this site October 2019]
Wimpole Estate Auction 1891 [Complete]
[Page rebuilt and moved to this site November 2019]

Parish History:
The Wimpole Chronicles 1777-1894
'Press Cuttings' relating to Wimpole collected by Jeffrey Barham
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial:
- Captain "Tommy" Thomas Charles Reginald Agar-Robartes. [Wimpole]
- Private Edward George Clarke 7762. [Arrington]
- Private Harry Collin 13669. [Arrington]
- Lance-Corporal William Wayman 13658. [Wimpole]
- LACW Florence Elizabeth Allison 2130584. [Arrington]
- Private William Randell Bullen 5835462. [Wimpole]
- Private John William Law 5831012. [Arrington]
- Private Frederick Smith 8246 (Arrington)
- Private Edward Charles Skinner 15628 [Wimpole]
- Private Frank Skinner 13644 [Wimpole]
- Private Harry Skinner 23312 [Wimpole]
[Above pages rebuilt and moved to this site during September/October 2019]
Wimpole Postcards*
Early postcards courtesy of Brenda and Michael Skinner (2014)*
Some images available but the page is incomplete
Steve's Postcards*
A selection of Wimpole and Arrington postcards and images from my collection.
* Some images available but the page is incomplete

Image pages recently rebuilt and transferred to the new site:
- North Lodge, Wimpole Estate c1905.
- Estate Workers at the Woodyard c1905.
Wimpole School Photographs 1900-1955
Wimpole C of E School*      Wimpole Park School
* Some images available but the page is incomplete
Wimpole Park School
'Memories' by Headmaster Alan Jordan
'An Old Wimpole Childhood' by Irene Bruce
Ermine Street - a short history
The Old Brewery Building 1908-1918
Cundall (Orwell) Folding Machine Co Ltd.
Cundall's Munitions Works (War Work)
"Wimpole As I Knew It"
by Alexander Campbell Yorke [plus A Biographical Note by David Ellison]
A reminiscence of a boyhood spent at Wimpole Rectory from 1852 to 1871.
The 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' leading up to Wimpole Hall.
External Links
Listed Buildings in Wimpole (34 Buildings)

Parish Registers:
St Andrew's Parish Church, Wimpole.
Index to Parish Records for the Parish of Wimpole
Baptisms:   1560-1599   1600-1699*   1700-1799*   1800-1863*
** Being transcribed. Years 1800-1817 are available in full but the page is incomplete.
Banns:   1755-1863   1864-1889
Marriages:   1560-1599   1600-1699   1700-1799   1800-1863
Burials:   1560-1599   1600-1699   1700-1799   1800-1863
Wimpole Names: An alphabetical index [originating before the era of internet search engines...] of over 1000 Wimpole surnames found in the Parish Registers. I've retained and extended (in 2019) the page as the information is still a useful index in family name searches, particularly helping to find local variations of the spelling of surnames.

Church Hub:
Index to Pages relating to St Andrew's Parish Church, Wimpole.
Churchyard Register
Alphabetical Index to Known Graves and Monumental Inscriptions
Burials and Interments updated to September 2018.
Churchyard Plans
Churchyard Plan with Key showing locations of all Known Graves.
Memorial Garden Plan with Key showing locations of Interment Plots.
The 'Hound Sejant' by David Owen
Our Parish Church owns a valuable set of Communion Plate by distinguished goldsmith Richard Blackwell II, dating from the mid-1650s.
Yorke Family Vault
The Vault under the Chicheley Chapel. Resting place of the 4th Earl of Hardwicke.
Wimpole Rectors
Known Rectors from 1291 to 1955.
Thomas Worsley Brass 1501
Displayed in the Chicheley Chapel

Census Hub:
Wimpole Census 1901 [Now on new .org site][Text to be reset][Full census listings available]
Wimpole Census 1891 [Now on new .org site][Text to be reset][Full census listings available]
Wimpole Census 1881 [Complete]
Census Records (Parish of Wimpole):
Census 1881: New Wimpole Out and About Wimpole Estate [1] New Orwell [2]
Census 1891: Wimpole Estate [1] New Wimpole [1] Out and About [1] New Orwell [2]
Census 1901: New Wimpole [1] Out and About [1] Wimpole Estate [1] New Orwell [2]
[1] These pages will be rebuilt after their transfer to the new website. The full Census listings will remain available for reference during the rebuilding.
[2] Following a parish boundary change in April 1999, much of the area of Orwell on the Cambridge Road, previously known as 'New Orwell', is now part of the Parish of Wimpole.
Census Records (Parish of Orwell):
Census 1881: Part One Part Two Part Three New Orwell [2]
Census 1891: Part One Part Two Part Three [1] New Orwell [2]
Census 1901: Part One [1] Part Two [1] Part Three [1] New Orwell [2]
[1] These pages are being rebuilt after their transfer to the new website. The full Census listings remain available for reference during the rebuilding.
[2] Following a parish boundary change in April 1999, much of the area of Orwell on the Cambridge Road, previously known as 'New Orwell', is now part of the Parish of Wimpole.
[3] The 1881 Orwell Census is rebuilt and complete as are all three 'New Orwell' pages.
Census Records (Parish of Arrington):
Census 1881: Part One   Part Two   [Both parts complete]
Census 1891: Part One [1]   Part Two [1]
[1] These pages are being rebuilt after their transfer to the new website. The full Census listings will remain available for reference during the rebuilding.

Registers of Electors and other Wimpole Lists
Jurors, 1828-1883
Trade Directories 1851-1933
Register of Electors, October 1935
England and Wales Register, September 1939 (Wartime Census)
Civilian Residence Register, May 1945 (Wartime Electors)

Wimpole Hall and Estate:
The Owners of Wimpole Hall
A quick guide through 550 years of 'Big House' history.
Owners, families and people of interest.
The Chicheley Family
Entries from the Wimpole Church Registers 1576-1698,
Baptisms, Marriage, Burials, plus a speculative Chicheley Family Tree.
2nd Earl of Hardwicke
Reference page on Philip Yorke (1720-1790), 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, and his immediate family members.
The Yorke Family Vault
The Vault under the Chicheley Chapel. Resting place of the 4th Earl of Hardwicke and eight other members of the Yorke family. 1985 Photograph.
Wimpole Estate Auction 1891
Cover, introduction and five photographs from the 1891 Auction Prospectus.

Orwell Pages:
The Orwell Chronicles 1770-1899
Collected by Jeffrey Barham
Around 200 extracts from the 'Cambridge Chronicle' and the 'University Journal'.
The Marriage Register of the Parish of Orwell 1653-1837
Transcribed by the Rev R W Whiston, Rector of Orwell.
From a Booklet printed for private circulation by Walter Lewis MS at the Cambridge University Press in 1927.
Census Records (Parish of Orwell):
Census 1881: Part One Part Two Part Three New Orwell [2]
Census 1891: Part One Part Two Part Three [1] New Orwell [2]
Census 1901: Part One [1] Part Two [1] Part Three [1] New Orwell [2]
[1] These pages are being rebuilt after their transfer to the new website. The full Census listings remain available for reference during the rebuilding.
[2] Following a parish boundary change in April 1999, much of the area of Orwell on the Cambridge Road, previously known as 'New Orwell', is now part of the Parish of Wimpole.
[3] The 1881 Orwell Census is rebuilt and complete as are all three 'New Orwell' pages.
External Link
Orwell Past (and Present) [online]
The local village website for Orwell which includes some items of Wimpole history.
External Link
Listed Buildings in Orwell (53 Buildings)

Arrington Pages:
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial.
Census Records (Parish of Arrington):
Census 1881: Part One   Part Two   [Both parts complete]
Census 1891: Part One [1]   Part Two [1]
[1] These pages are being rebuilt after their transfer to the new website. The full Census listings will remain available for reference during the rebuilding.
External Link
Listed Buildings in Arrington (24 Buildings)

External Links:
External Link
Heritage Impact Assessment, Wimpole Visitor Welcome Project (online)
64-Page Booklet (.pdf) includes history, photographs and old maps.
June 2017 © Beacon Planning Ltd, Colliers Lane, Stow-cum-Quy Cambridge CB25 9AU
.
External Link
Wimpole in the Domesday Book (online)
'Open Domesday' Resource
External Link
Wympole & Wratsworth (Blog)
"Everything you need to know about the historic countryside at Wimpole"

External Link
Wimpole Park Hospital (.pdf)
The United States Military Hospital at Wimpole Hall during WW2.
School Project. (33 pages)

© George Duncan
External Link
Wimpole: Silent Voices and Deserted Homes (.pdf)
A report on the archaeology and lost landscapes on the Wimpole Estate.
(62 pages)

© Cambridge Archaeology Field Group (2014)
External Link
The Walled Kitchen Garden at Wimpole
(online)
by Jeremy Milln with James Edgar.
A Conservation Management Plan for the National Trust (Survey).
A well researched and highly detailed technical history of the Walled Kitchen Garden on the Wimpole Estate from the 1790s to the present day. Illustrated. Some genealogy interest with some 200 named garden staff, estate workers, village tradesmen and local residents.
© National Trust. (103 pages) (Published 2016).
External Link
Moated Site in Cobbs Wood (online)
A report on the history, archaeology and lost landscape at Cobbs Wood.
Designated as a Scheduled Monument.

© Historic England.

Rebuilding the WimpolePast Website (2018-2019)
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