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Samuel Lewis's Topographical Gazeetter 1831
ELTISLEY, a parish in the hundred of LONGSTOW, county of CAMBRIDGE, 3 miles (N. W. by W.) from Caxton, containing 319 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Ely, rated in the king's books at £7. 16. 8., endowed with £600 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Crown. The church, dedicated to St. Pandiania and St. John the Baptist, is partly in the early style of English architecture, with later insertions. A school has been lately erected by Sir G. W. Leeds, and an annual donation of £6 is appropriated towards teaching poor children. A nunnery formerly stood near the vicarage-house, where St. Pandiania, the daughter of a king of Scotland, is said to have been buried: it was destroyed about the time of the Conquest.
Domesday Book Entry
In LONGSTOW Hundred.
The Canons of Bayeux hold 3 hides in ELTISLEY. Land for 9 ploughs. In lordship 1½ hides; 3 ploughs there; 6 villagers with 10 smallholders have 6 ploughs. 5 cottagers; 6 slaves. Meadow for 3 ploughs; woodland, 20 pigs. The total value is and always was £13. Earl Algar held this manor.
The war memorial and the men on it have been documented on the Roll of Honour Cambridgeshire pages
ELTISLEY is a parish and village, on the road from Cambridge to St. Neots, and on the Huntingdonshire border of the county, 5 miles east from St, Neots station on the main line of the London and North Eastern railway, and 12 west from Cambridge, in the hundred of Longstowe, petty sessional division of Caxton, union of Caxton and Arrington, county court district of St. Neots, rural deanery of Bourn and archdeaconry and diocese of Ely.
The church of St. John the Baptist and St. Pandionia, appropriated in 1572 to the Abbey of Denny, in this county, is an ancient edifice of stone, chiefly in the Early English style, and was partially repaired about the year 1840: it consists of chancel, clerestoried nave of three bays, aisles, north transept or chapel, south porch and a lofty embattled western tower of Early English date, with a fine Decorated octagonal spire, and containing 4 bells: the nave arcades date from the early part of the 13th century: the clerestory is Perpendicular: the north chapel has a very beautiful east window and a canopied tomb of a crusader and his lady. St. Wendreth is said by tradition to have been buried in the church: there is a brass tablet to the Marshall family, dated 1640: the tower and nave were completely restored and the latter reseated, during the period 1875-9, at a cost of £2,000: the church at affords 200 sittings. A lych gate was erected in 1920 in memory of the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18· The register dates from the year 1653. The early register is lost: the Ely transcripts, which date from 1599, show that John Disbrowe married here Jane Cromwell, Oliver's younger sister, on 23 June, 1636.
There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels here. The Church Institute was erected in 1903.
The Disbrowe family bought the rectory and advowson and settled in Eltisley in the year 1600. Major-General Disbrowe and Samuel Disbrowe, keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland, were born here.
There was formerly a convent of Benedictine nuns here, subsequently removed in the reign of William I. to Hinchinbrooke, in Huntingdonshire. St. Pandionia was the daughter of a Scottish king, who, in her flight from some persons who attempted her chastity, is said to have taken refuge in the nunnery of Eltisley, the prioress of which was her kinswoman; she eventually adopted the religious life, and on account of her piety was canonized; she died, it is said, in the convent, and was buried by a well called St. Pandionia's Well, whence her body was removed into Eltisley church in the year 1344.
The soil is strong clay; subsoil, blue gault. The chief crops are roots, wheat, oats and barley. The area is 1,970 acres; the population in 1921 was 331.
[Extracts from Kelly's Directory - Cambridgeshire - 1929]
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