Place:Newborough, Northamptonshire, England

TypeParish, Civil parish
Coordinates52.633°N 0.217°W
Located inNorthamptonshire, England     ( - 1965)
Also located inSoke of Peterborough, England     (1889 - 1965)
Huntingdon and Peterborough, England     (1965 - 1974)
Cambridgeshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoPeterborough Rural, Soke of Peterborough, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Peterborough District, Cambridgeshire, Englanddistrict municipality and unitary authority of which it has been part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

From 1889 until 1965 Newborough was located in the the Soke of Peterborough. After mergers in 1965 and 1974 the county became part of Cambridgeshire. It was part of the Peterborough Rural District until 1974 and is now in the Peterborough administrative district of Cambridgeshire.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Newborough from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"NEWBOROUGH, a parish in Peterborough district, Northampton; adjacent to the boundary with Lincoln and Cambridge, 2 miles E of Peakirk [railway] station, and 5 N N E of Peterborough. It was formed, in 1823, out of an open fenny common; and it has a post-office under Market-Deeping. Acres: 4,940. Real property: £12,109. Population in 1851: 698; in 1861, 806. Houses, 150. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to the Hon. G. W. Fitzwilliam and the Marquis of Exeter. The land has been much improved by draining, and is now principally arable. A famous farm here, called Decoyfarm, got its name from a prolonged and extensive practice on it of capturing wild fowl. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Peterborough. Value: £300. Patron: the Crown. The church was built in 1830; and is a plain white-brick structure, with a small tower. There is a Methodist chapel."

Research Tips

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  • Original historical documents relating to the Soke of Peterborough are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office in Peterborough.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