Post Office Trade Directory, 1875

Transcribed by Ann Handscombe

Meldreth is a parish and station on the Hitchin and Cambridge line of the Great Northern railway, 4 miles north-by-east of Royston, 9½ south-west from Cambridge and 42 from London, on a branch of the river Rhea, in the hundred of Armingford, union and county court district of Royston, rural deanery of Shingay, archdeaconry and diocese of Ely; the parish is supplied with gas from the works at Melbourn.  The church of the Holy Trinity has a chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and embattled tower, which contains 4 bells ;  it was restored in 1842 and contains a monument to George Pike, esq., and a family vault of the Mortlock family; a small stained window has been placed in the chancel by the vicar, the Rev. E.W.Cory, to the memory of his mother.  The register dates from the middle of the sixteenth century.  The living is a vicarage, yearly value £224, with residence, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Ely, and held by the Rev. Edward William Cory, M.A., of St. Peter’s College, Cambridge.  The Independents and Wesleyans have each their respective places of worship.  Charitites producing £12 yearly are distributed in fuel.  Richard William Hitch, esq., is lord of the manor.  The principal landowners are the Dean and Chapter of Ely, Christ’s College, Cambridge, the Rev. A.C. Wright and Mrs. Agnes Egg.  The soil is strong clay; subsoil chalk.  The chief crops are wheat, barley, beans and peas.  The area is 2,000 acres; rateable value £5,766 9s 9d; the population in 1871 was 757.

Parish Clerk – Benjamin Hale

Post Office – Benjamin Hale, receiver.  Letters arrive from Royston at 7.30 am & 12.30 pm; dispatched at 6 pm; on Sundays dispatched at 11.30 am.  The nearest money order office is at Melbourn.

Railway Station, John Cunnington, station master.

Private Residents

Burr, Mrs
Cory, Rev. Edward William M.A., (vicar)
Ellis, Charles
Palmer, Mrs.
Roads, Charles
Waller, William, The Grove

Commercial

Adcock, James, miller [Topcliffe Mill]
Adcock, John, tailor
Baker, John, butcher
Blott, William, farmer
Bowman, Thomas, farmer
Campkin, John, registrar of births, deaths & marriages for Melbourn district
Chamberlain, William, shopkeeper
Clear, Elizabeth & Martha (Misses) farmers
Clear, Samuel, farmer
Course, Humphrey, shopkeeper
East, John, beer retailer [The Sailor's Return]
Elbourn, Alfred, machinist & farmer
Ellis, Charles, farmer
Flitton, Charles, corn merchant
Frost, John, farmer
Gilbey, Elizabeth (Mrs) farmer
Hale, Benjamin, wheelwright and blacksmith
Harrip, Aaron, blacksmith
Hewett, Andrew farmer
Honour, George, farmer
Howard, Charlotte (Mrs) farmer
Howard, Emma (Mrs) farmer
Jarman, William Bell, beer retailer
Jordon, William, shoe maker
Martlock [Mortlock], Sarah (Mrs), farmer & corn factor
Palmer, George, farmer
Payne, Benjamin, beer retailer [The Dumb Flea]
Peters, George, miller
Prior, Joseph, carpenter
Roads, Charles, coprolite merchant
Russell, Joseph, Railway Tavern & Coal Merchant
Smith, Charles, grocer & agent for W. & A. Gilbey, wine & spirit merchants
Stockbridge, Martha (Mrs) shopkeeper
Titchmarsh, Mynot, farmer & rate collector
Tonson, Henry, Green Man
Waller, Charles M. farmer
Waller, W. Mortlock, brewer and maltster
Waller, William, farmer, The Grove
Warren, Amos, baker
Warren, George, farmer
Woods, Samuel, Bell
Worland Frederick, shopkeeper
Worland, William, cow leech

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