Introduction to the Mortlock Family and Meldreth Parish Records

Mortlock Christenings and Marriages in the Meldreth Parish Register
Data Compiled by Tim Gane
Mortlock Banns and Burials in the Meldreth Parish Register
Data compiled by Tim Gane

The Mortlock family were a powerful influence in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire for much of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  They lived in Cambridge, Swavesey, Sawston, Linton, Melbourn as well as Meldreth and played an important part in the economy and prosperity of the county.

One Mortlock, John Mortlock III, was Mayor of Cambridge and he went on to found his own bank in Benet Street, Cambridge. Some were land owners and farmers.  Others were craftsmen, wheelwrights, carpenters, shoemakers and clockmakers. They built houses large and small, donated money for schools and supported many charitable works.  Roads are named after them (Mortlock Road and Close in Melbourn).  Others moved abroad and did great works such as founding the Mortlock Library and also possibly Meldreth Park in Adelaide.

However, our interest is in the Mortlocks who lived in Meldreth and were known as The China Mortlocks because of their highly successful china business.  These web pages are dedicated to them.

A much more comprehensive history of the Mortlock family can be found in the Mortlock Encyclopedia  written by RJH Griffiths, the world’s foremost expert on the Mortlock family.


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  • Is there a link between the Meldreth Mortlocks and the following Mortlock family?
    William Mortlock (12th September 1693) of Castle Camps Cambridgeshire, who married Keturah Hannibal 11th October 1715, William Mortlock Gender Male Burial Date 17 Jun 1763 Burial Place-Trinity Parish, Ely Cambridgeshire FHL Film Number2112078 Reference ID1763

    By Valerie Farthing-Bennetts (07/06/2021)

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