Kelly's Directory, 1879

Meldreth is a parish and station on the Hitchin and Cambridge line of the Great Northern railway, 4 miles north-by-east from Royston, 9 1/2 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 and archdeaconry and diocese of Ely.  The church of the Holy Trinity has a chancel nave, south aisle, south porch and embattled tower, which contains four 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, to the memory of his wife: a second window has been added by friends of the vicar.  The register dates from the middle of the sixteenth century.  The living is a vicarage, yearly value £250, without 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.  Here are Congregational and Wesleyan chapels.  Charities 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 2,410 acres; rateable value £6,163.16s.9d.; the population in 1871 was 757.  Parish Clerk, Benjamin Hale.

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

Railway Station, William Fredk. Perkins, station master.

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


Adcock, James, Miller [Topcliffe Mill]
Adcock, John, tailor
Baker, John, farmer
Blott, William, farmer
Bowman, Thomas, farmer
Chamberlain, William, shopkeeper
Clear, Elizabeth & Martha (Misses) Farmers
Clear, Samual, farmer
Course, Humphrey, shopkeeper
East, John, beer retailer [The Sailor’s Return]
Elbourn, Alfred, machinist & farmer
Ellis, Charles, farmer
Flitton, Chas Robt, corn merchant and farmer
Frost, John, farmer
Hale, Benj, wheelwright & blacksmith
Howard, Andrew, farmer
Howard, Sarah (Mrs) farmer
Jarman, Samuel, miller
Jarman, William Bell, beer retailer
Jordan, William, shoemaker
Medlock, Geo., farmer, hay & straw dealer
Palmer, George, farmer
Payne, John, beer retailer [The Dumb Flea]
Russell, Joseph, Railway Tavern
Smith, Charles, grocer & agent for W & A Gilbey, wine & spirit merchants
Stockbridge, Martha, (Mrs) shopkeeper
Tonson, Henry, beer retailer
Waller, Charles M. farmer
Waller, W. Mortlock, brewer & maltster
Warren, Amos, baker
Warren, George, farmer
Wedd, Walter, farmer
Wood, Thomas, farmer
Woods, Samuel, Bell [Public House]
Worland, Frederick, farmer
Worland, William, cow leech

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