Place:Molesworth, Huntingdonshire, England

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NameMolesworth
Alt namesMoleswordesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 141
TypeVillage
Coordinates52.367°N 0.417°W
Located inHuntingdonshire, England     ( - 1965)
Also located inHuntingdon and Peterborough, England     (1965 - 1974)
Cambridgeshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoThrapston Rural, Huntingdonshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1935
Huntingdon Rural, Huntingdonshire, Englandrural district into which it was merged with Brington 1935-1974
Huntingdonshire District, Cambridgeshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Until 1965 the village of Molesworth was located in the County of Huntingdonshire. After mergers in 1965 and 1974 the county became part of Cambridgeshire.

Molesworth was a civil parish in Thrapston Rural District until 1935 when the rural district was abolished. When Molesworth was transferred to Huntingdonshire Rural District it was merged with the neighbouring civil parish of Brington in the civil parish of Brington and Molesworth.

Saint Peter's Church stands on the west of the village and consists of a chancel, nave and tower. The chancel was built around 1275 but the presence of several 12th century stones suggests that an earlier stone church may have existed on the site.

The village gives its name to RAF Molesworth, a Royal Air Force station dating back to 1917.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Molesworth.

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  • Original historical documents relating to Huntingdonshire are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office in Huntingdon.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
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