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- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Helpston (also, formerly, "Helpstone") is an English village formerly in the Soke of Peterborough, which was a portion of Northamptonshire. Subsequently (1965–1974) it was in Huntingdon and Peterborough, then in Cambridgeshire where it is administered by the City of Peterborough unitary authority. It was part of the Peterborough Rural District until 1974.
The civil parish of Helpston covers an area of 754 hectares (1,860 acres) and had an estimated population in 2005 of 870.
The poet John Clare was born in Helpston in 1793 and is buried in the churchyard of St Botolph's Church. The thatched cottage where he was born was bought by the John Clare Trust in 2005. The Cottage, at 12 Woodgate, has been restored using traditional building methods and is open to the public.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Helpston.
- If you are researching anyone whose lifetime preceded (or even mostly preceded) 1889 the places in which he or she lived are going to be in Northamptonshire rather than the Soke of Peterborough. The Soke of Peterborough was actually a section of Northamptonshire.
- Original historical documents relating to the Soke of Peterborough are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office in Peterborough.
- GENUKI does not provide webpages for the Soke of Peterborough and its provision for Northamptonshire is very limited.
- The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages on Northamptonshire (including the Soke of Peterborough).
- A Vision of Britain through Time, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from 1889 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions.
- Map of Northamptonshire in 1900 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time shows the Soke of Peterborough (not labelled as such) in the top right hand corner.
- Map of Northamptonshire divisions (including the Soke of Peterborough) in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time