Castle Camps

The Parish Registers

These descriptions from the Cambridge Record Office...

1563-1687 [CALM Ref KP34/1/1]

Baptisms - 27 March 1563 - 6 February 1686/1687
One baptism 1610 written in along margin. Some baptism entries very faded, particularly 1646 - 1650. Births, not baptisms, recorded 22 December 1653 - 9 August 1661. Page containing baptisms 1683 - 1684 stained and partly illegible at top, torn along inner margin at base.

Marriages - 1 October 1567 - 5 October 1686.
Civil marriages performed 10 February 1653 - 22 September 1654; notices of banns 4 December 1653 - 26 July 1657. 

Burials - 30 November 1567 - 21 November 1686.
Missing burials: May 1676 - July 1678, all 1679. Top corner of page containing 1639 burials cut away, destroying parts of some entries. A substitute cornerpinned in and written over for 1640 entries, but subsequently lost, apart from one small fragment. Top of next page(detached) cut away but apparently no entries missing. Most burials 1647 very faint. A few incomplete entries 1650 - 1651 noted inside back cover of first register.
Top of first page in second register stained and damaged by rodents: burials before July 1657 either incomplete or illegible. Burials 1662 on back of last leaf worn & stained, only partly legible.
BURIALS IN WOOLLEN noted 1678 - 1686


Baptisms - 10 April 1687 - 3 May 1767.
Three births of dissenters' children noted 1703 - 1704. Two baptism entries deleted 1711, Three deleted and entered on opposite page 1764 & 1767 entries deleted and transferred to new register (P034/01/03). One baptism 1716 inserted along margin, 'from a memorandum found in a book of Dr. Watson's'. (See below). Note that one baptism in 1760 was entered after completion of annual transcript for bishop's registry. Baptisms 1766 include 'June 15. Sarah daughter of Matthew and Mary Halls born in a barn the mother being a poor travelling woman'.

Marriages - 5 April 1687 - 8 August 1756

Burials - 1 April 1687 - 5 May 1767.
Burials in woollen noted 1687 - 1702. 
Note after first burial 1722 that baptisms, marriages and some burials for the years 1720 - 1722 were not entered until 1758, when they were 'taken from loose papers found after the death of Dr. Allix who succeeded Dr. Watson in the Rectory of Castle Camps in 1724'. (Dr. John Watson, Fellow of Emmanuel College 1696 - 1703, Rector 1703 - 1724. Buried 18 November 1724. See also P034/03/ (Dr. John Peter Allix, 1679 - 1758, Rector 1724 - 1758, Dean of Ely 1730 - 1758. Buried 'in the Church Porch' 15 January 1758).
Memoranda include: 


Baptisms - 18 January 1767 - 28 October 1790. A few dates of birth recorded.

Burials - 8 February 1767 - 7 December 1790 
Note at beginning, 1767, of commencing dates of three earlier registers. (Since rebound as two, see P34/1/1,2).


Marriages - 8 August 1756 - 6 November 1812
Banns: 27 June 1756 - 6 June 1813 
Pages 1 - 4 and 9 - 14 of Banns crumpled and detached, also first page of Marriages; several other pages loosened.
Pasted inside front cover 'Conditions of Admission into the General Hospital at Bath, 1762'. 
(Front cover loosened, sewing weak. Calf binding).


Baptisms - 9 January 1791 - 27 December 1812

Burials - 1 April 1791 - 25 October 1812 
Unfilled pages of register subsequently used for notes as follows: 
(1). Notes on incumbents 1812 - 1958 
(2). Details of repairs to Church fabric, restoration, imrovements, gifts etc.:Including:

(3).Matters affecting benefice: Including

(4). Development of National school:

(5). Parish events and celebrations:

(6) War 1914-1919. Collections for Red Cross, lists of SERVING SOLDIERS and regiments with notes of casualties. 1914. Belgian refugee family supported atCamps End. 1915. Corrected ROLL OF HONOUR 1914 - 1916. List of those KILLED OR MISSING 1914 - 1919 
(Parchment register in calf-covered boards).


Baptisms - Entries continued to end of 1845 on loose sheet at back of register. Dates of birth given 1813 - 1845.


Marriages - 148 entries


Burials - Occupations stated 1813-1824


Baptisms - 800 entries


Burials - 811 entries


Marriages - 403 entries


Marriages - 50 entries

Banns 1901-1953 215 entries


Marriages - 50 entries

Excerpts from the Parish Registers in Italics

Memm. 4 May 1761 A Survey of the Bounds of this Parish was this day taken by Perambulation; beginning at the White Post adjoining to BUMSTED Hedge that Butts Meadow from Sheep's Pasture, belonging to the Lordship at Shudy Camps; from thence the company proceeded on the inside of Sheep's Pasture next the Lane till they came to the Moat belonging to the said Lordship; then turning to the left, continued their course along the South Bank of the Moat, and so on to the further side of Westoe Ley, by Stocking between Stocking Grove and a wood belonging to Lord MAYNARD, round Langley & Willesey Woods, the hither side of Skillets Fields to the corner of Bendish Wood. From thence almost in a direct line to the further side of the Castle Grounds by Lanham Wood to the White Post again. The Hamlet was not in this, nor, as far as appears, ever was included in any Perambulation.
NB: The Company was entertain'd at Westoe with Bread & cheese & Ale,and again in Skillet's Fields with Bread & cakes & cheese & ale by the Minister. And when the Perambulation was finish'd the Minister gave them moreover a guinea to spend at the Publick Houses. Men & Boys 42.

"The bridge cross the road near the pound was built at the sole charge of Richard Crop Esq. of Westoe in the year 1761."

"The new road in Pound Lane was begun with chalk in the year 1760, covered with gravel 1762. Continued from the Bridge to the Lane near the Lime Kiln 1761."

"1722. The remainder of the year look forward to the proper place. Baptisms for the years 1720, 1721, 1722 and marriages and part of the burials for the same years were not entered in the register till year 1758 and were all taken from loose papers found after the death of [Dr Peter Allix]."

New pole fence put up from end of wall to gate Sept, Oct 1771.

The Rectory coach house and granary "built of clay daubing and some part baorded and thatched ... being too much decayed to repair were taken down and rebuilt with bricks and tiles...." 1775.

The brick walls in the grounds were built in 1776, the roof partly releaded, front cornice repaired and new water troughs supplied in 1799.

Olmstead Hall is pre 1400. The surviving farmhouse was sold to WS Kiddy in 1920. Olmstead Hall Farm, dates back to pre 1567.

Barrack Tree at the four crossroads at the end of Broad Steet marks the grave of George Miller of Shudy Camps who hanged himself in Langley Wood and "was buried in the field near the highway in the bounds of the towne of Castle Camps, December 19th 1655"

Whitenemere Hill was formerly called Southoe.

A windmill standing just west of Lordship Farm was in use until after 1800. By 1903 there was a Post Mill, and a Steam Mill was working 1908 - 1920.

The Sunday school building was erected in the Church yard in May-July 1826 at a cost of 138 pounds. The average attendance at church in 1851 was 170 and 100 children at Sunday School.

Snippets from the Parish Registers


June 1593 two children of a begger borne in Lynetts barne at one byrthe
2 Jan 1599 Robert LINNETT, an owld blind man was kept uppon the class? Of the towne
2 Dec 1599 Joane HOCKLEY, daughter of Robert drowned by mischance
2 Dec 1599 Mrs Anne BAYNES sister to Mr John Skinner London lorde of the towne
4 Dec 1616 ANGER, son of Mr the counselle dwelling in Cambridge
2 Dec 1618 also a poor man died in our parish wich went by the wasseid and died Feb 21
22 April 1631 Aylce CARTER wid being 100 + 7 years of age
15 Dec 1633 Sir James WESTON one of the Barons of the Exchequer
1637 Robert CORNELL Died in our towne and was buried in Linton
29 Oct 1654 Thomas SETH? a stranger came into the towne to worke and fell sicke and dyed
9 Dec 1655 George MILLAR of Shudy Camps hanged hinself in Langley Wood in Castle Camps and was found ther and buryed in ye field in ye high way according to his fact in the bounds of the towne of Castle Camps (This entry has been crossed out) as written
5 Feb 1655 Alice HOCKLY kept by the towne
5 May 1683 Clement NEVILL esq who died at Trinity College in Cambridge was brought hither and buried
28 Aug 1690 Peter CHYON (BT Cynon) a distracted man sent hither by the town of Bumstead
11 Sept 1727 Wm CAMPION BT an alehouse caper
26 June 1829 Robert MITCHELSON a traveller killed in a quarrel about 28
30 Aug 1830 Elizabeth SMITH a traveller supposed from the neighbourhood of Ipswich age unknown
1 June 1769 Thomas YOUNG a youth 8 years old from the East Indies drown'd in a pond at Westoe May 30


10 Dec 1716 John BARKER son of James and Margaret -taken from a Mum? Found in a book of Dr Watsons in his own handwriting
23 Oct 1603 George BUCK son of Jhon. citizen of London & of Jone his wife then journing with wife in thehouse of Robert Maskall OTP being his brother inlaw
10 Jul 1704 Thomas BUTCHER son of John and Dorothy. Birth, dissenter
22 May 1704 James CHALLICE son of John and Frances, Dissenter
23 Sept 1696 Susanna FLACK daughter of John and Mary. born in wedlock but begotten in fornication
15 June 1766 Sarah HALLS daughter of Matthew and Mary born in a barn the mother being a poor travelling woman
2 Feb 1703 Daniel HANCOCK son of Thomas and Jane. Dissenter
29 Aug 1847 Elizabeth HETT? duaghter of James and Susan. Bury St Edmonds servant born as she states Aug 25 1825
1 June 1829 John William HOUSEMAN son of John William and Rebecca. Stepney Govt Officer
17 Jul 1763 Elizabeth ADAMS dau of Sarah & (as she hath made oath) Thomas Stubbing illegitimate
7 May 1769 Sarah WEBB daughter of Jane WEBB as she hath made oath Thomas Stubbing illegitimate