Place:Southoe, Huntingdonshire, England

Alt namesSuthamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 141
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates52.267°N 0.267°W
Located inHuntingdonshire, England     ( - 1965)
Also located inHuntingdon and Peterborough, England     (1965 - 1974)
Cambridgeshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoToseland Hundred, Huntingdonshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
St. Neots Rural, Huntingdonshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Southoe and Midloe, Huntingdonshire, Englandcivil parish into which it was merged in 1935
Huntingdonshire District, Cambridgeshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been part since 1974

Until 1965 the village of Southoe was located in the County of Huntingdonshire. After mergers in 1965 and 1974 the county became part of Cambridgeshire. It was part of the St Neots Rural District until 1974 and is now in the Huntingdonshire administrative district of Cambridgeshire.

In 1935 Southoe, along with another hamlet named Midloe, was abolished and the area was merged into one civil parish named Southoe and Midloe. It is located near Diddington, north of St Neots.

The following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 is provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"SOUTHOE, a parish in St. Neots [registration] district, Hunts; 2¾ miles NNW of St. Neots [railway] station. Post town: Buckden, under Huntingdon. Acres: 1,860. Real property: £2,606. Population: 281. Houses: 61. The manor belonged formerly to the Lovetotes, John of Gaunt, and the Pickerings; and belongs now to Lord Overstone. The living is a vicarage, united with Hail-Weston, in the diocese of Ely. Value: £288. Patron: the Rev. J. R. Moorsom. The church is ancient, and has a Norman door. There is a national school."
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Research Tips

  • Original historical documents relating to Huntingdonshire are now held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at Shire Hall, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4GS
  • The Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Family History Society has transcribed the parish registers for all the ancient parishes of Huntingdonshire and these can be purchased from the Society as pdfs.
  • A History of the County of Huntingdon in 3 volumes from British History Online (Victoria County Histories). 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. Volume 2 (published 1932) covers Hurstingstone and Toseland hundreds (index of parishes); Leightonstone and Norman Cross Hundreds (index of parishes) are found in Volume 3 (published 1936). Volume 1 is a part-volume describing the religious houses of the county.
  • GENUKI has a page on Huntingdonshire and pages for each of the ecclesiastical or ancient 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