Place:Fletton, Huntingdonshire, England

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NameFletton
TypeVillage, Civil parish, Suburb
Coordinates52.559°N 0.239°W
Located inHuntingdonshire, England     ( - 1965)
Also located inHuntingdon and Peterborough, England     (1965 - 1974)
Cambridgeshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoNorman Cross Rural, Huntingdonshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1905
Old Fletton, Huntingdonshire, Englandurban district of which it was part 1905-1974
Huntingdonshire District, Cambridgeshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

GENUKI provides the following description of Fletton from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland of 1868

"FLETTON, (or Old Fletton) a parish in the hundred of Norman Cross, county Huntingdon, 1 mile south of Peterborough; its post town and railway station on the Great Northern and Great Eastern lines. The river Nen flows by the parish on the east. It was a part of the demesne of Peterborough Abbey, and after the Dissolution became the property of the Fletton family. The land is nearly evenly divided between arable and pasture. In 1739, while digging a well, shells and wood were met with at a depth of 30 feet. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely, value £292. The church is an ancient edifice dedicated to St. Margaret. The charities, including a small school endowment, produce nearly £50 per annum."

From 1894 until 1905 Fletton was a civil parish in Norman Cross Rural District. In 1905 it was transferred to Old Fletton Urban District where it remained until 1974. Fletton is now a residential area and electoral ward of the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom.

Research Tips

  • Original historical documents relating to Huntingdonshire are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office in Huntingdon.
  • A History of the County of Huntingdon in 3 volumes from British History Online (Victoria County Histories), published 1911. This is by far the most complete history of the parishes of the county to be found online. The chapters are ordered by the divisions of the county called hundreds, but each chapter is linked to the volume's content page.
  • GENUKI has a page on Huntingdonshire and pages for each of the ecclesiastical parishes in the county. These give references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions.
  • Map of Huntingdonshire divisions in 1888 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • Map of Huntingdonshire divisions in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time