Extract from Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire 1912
(kindly transcribed by Dave Edwards)

DODDINGTON is a parish, formerly comprising the chapelry and market town of March and the hamlets of Benwick and Wimblington; but by an Act of Parliament passed in 1856, called "Doddington Rectory Division Act" (19 & Vict. C. 1), which came into operation on the death of a former Rector, in Nov. 1868, these places are now distinct parishes; it is in the Northern division of the county, hundred and union of North Witchford, Isle of Ely, petty sessional division and county court district of March, and in the peculiar archdeaconal jurisdiction of the Bishop of Ely. The village is on the main road between March and Chatteris, equi-distant 4 miles from each place, and 1 £ miles south-west from Wimblington station on the Cambridge, St. Ives and Wisbech branch of the Great Eastern railway. The parish is supplied with water by the Wisbech waterworks. The church of St. Mary is an ediface of stone, in the early English style, consisting of a fine chancel, nave, aisles, north and south porches, vestry and a western tower with spire containing a clock and 5 bells: the chancel, separated from the nave by carved oak screen, was restored in 1891 at a cost of £978, and a vestry screen, the gift of J.H. Marshall esq. of Grimsby, erected at a cost of £103; the nave was restored in 1892 at a cost of £800; the stained west window, a memorial to John Thomas Waddington esq. was presented by his widow about 1867; the stained east window was presented in 1891 by T.R. Harding esq. as a memorial to his wife and other members of the Harding family; the stained south window in the sanctuary was presented by Mrs. Peyton in 1907, in memory of her husband, General Francis Peyton, and there are other windows to the Richards and Peyton families, besides several tablets to the Peyton family, whose family vault is under the chancel; the church affords 600 sittings. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £1,026 with residence, and including 61 acres of glebe, in the gift of Lt.-Col. Sir Algernon Francis Peyton bart. J.P. and held since 1887 by the Rev. Frederick Charles Marshall M.A. of St. John£s College, Cambridge. This living was formerly the richest in England, but under the Act of 1856 and a previous Act in 1847 (10 & 11 Vict. C. 3) it is divided into seven rectories, viz. Benwick, Doddington, Wimblington, March Old Town, March St. Peter, March St. John and March St. Mary. Here is also a Wesleyan chapel. Lieut.-Col. Sir Algernon Francis Peyton bart. of Swift£s House, Bicester, who is lord of the manor, and William Welcher esq. are the principal landowners. The Workhouse for the North Witchford Union, erected here about 1838, is a large building of light-coloured brick, and will hold 283 inmates, the average number being about 108. The St. Mary£s Church Reading and Recreation Rooms form a picturesque structure of brick, erected on a site given by the rector, and presented to the parish by Col. and Miss Harding; there are 98 members. A clock tower with four dials was erected in 1897, at a cost of £90, in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria; there is also a fire engine house. The soil is clay and fen; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are potatoes, wheat, beans, oats and roots. The area is 7,037 acres of land and 17 of water; rateable value, £17,373; the population in 1901 was 1,486, including 8 officers and 124 inmates in the North Witchford Workhouse.

Primrose Hill and New World are in the neighbourhood of Doddington.

Parish Clerk, William Pauley.

Post, Money Order and Telegraph and Telephonic Express Delivery Office.

Edmund Burton Clarke jun. sub-postmaster.

Letters arrive from March at 4 a.m. & 1.30 p.m.; dispatched at 9.45 a.m. & 9 p.m.

Pillar Boxes. - Cop Alder, cleared at 8.35 a.m. & 6 p.m. & New World, 8.55 a.m. & 6.20 p.m.

North Witchford Rural District Council

The parishes in the District are - Benwick, Doddington, Manea, Welches Dam & Wimblington. The area is 26,088 acres; the population in 1911 was 5,215.

Council meets at Doddington monthly.

Chairman, Arthur Goodman, Doddington, March.


Clerk, George Sharman, Broad Street, March

Treasurer, Francis Maltby Bland, Barclay & Company£s Bank, Wisbech

Medical Officer of Health, Cecil Edward Stephens M.D., C.M. Edin. The Lindens, Doddington

Surveyor of Highways & Inspector of Nuisances, A.W. Broker, Wimblington

North Witchford Union

Board day, fortnightly, Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Workhouse, Doddington.

The North Witchford Union comprises - Benwick, Chatteris, Doddington, Manea, March, Welches Dam & Wimblington. The area of the union is 59,584 acres; rateable value at Lady Day, 1912, £122,349; the population in 1911 was 18,877

Chairman of the Board of Guardians, Frederick Grounds, Elwyn House, March

Clerk to the Guardians & Assessment Committee, George Sharman, Bank buildings, Broad Street, March

Treasurer, F.M. Bland, Barclay & Company£s Bank, Wisbech

Collectors to the Guardians, Relieving & Vaccination Officers, Chatteris district, Edwin J. Richardson, Westmoor house, London road, Chatteris; March district, Edwin Vawser, West End, March

Collectors of Poor Rates, March district, Edwin Vawser, jun. West End, March; Chatteris & Welches Dam districts, Charles Hammerton, Chatteris; Wimblington district, Edwin Neville; Doddington district, George A. Palmer; Benwick district, William Moore, Benwick; Manea district, Frederick W.S. Wattam, Manea

Medical Officers, No. 1 district, Cecil Edward Stephens M.D., C.M. Edin. The Lindens, Doddington; No. 2 district, Frank Arthur Evison M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond. Broad Street, March; No. 3 district, Alfred Charles Stanley Waters M.R.C.S. Eng. L.R.C.P. Lond. High Street, March; No. 4 district, Thomas Black M.B., C.M. Glas. The Elms, Manea; No. 5 district, Oswald Horrocks L.R.C.P. & F.R.C.S. Edin., D.P.H. Eng. High street, Chatteris

Public Vaccinators, No. 1 district, Cecil Edward Stephens M.D., C.M. Edin. The Lindens, Doddington; No. 2 district, Frank Arthur Evison M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond. Broad Street, March; No. 3 district, Thomas Black M.B., C.M. Glas. The Elms, Manea; No. 4 district, Oswald Horrocks L.R.C.P. & F.R.C.S. Edin., D.P.H. Eng. High street, Chatteris

The Workhouse erected in 1836, is a structure of brick, & will hold 283 inmates; Josiah Selby, master; Cecil Edward Stephens M.D., C.M. Edin. Medical officer; Mrs. Selby, matron

North Witchford Registrations District

Superintendent Registrar, George Sharman, Bank buildings, Broad Street, March

Registrars of Births & Deaths, March sub-district, Edwin Vawser, March; deputy, Peter H. Davis, High street, March; Chatteris sub-district, Edwin J. Richardson, Westmoor house, London road, Chatteris; deputy, Sidney J, Angood, High street, Chatteris

Registrars of Marriages, Peter Hughes Davies, High Street, March; Deputy, Joseph Collingwood, Market Place, March; John Willis, High street, Chatteris; Deputy, Frank Angel, Park Street, Chatteris

Council Schools

A Committee of six managers was formed July 1, 1903, for the control of the school; meets at School 1st Tuesday in every month at 7 p.m.

Correspondent, J.H. Haigh, Education offices, March

Attendance Officer, William Henry Yorke

Public Elementary Schools, built in 1878, at a cost of £1,851, for 220 scholars; average attendance, 140; the schools are partly supported by an endowment of £46 10s, belonging to the old free school; William Orton, master; Miss Ann Jane Humpage, infants£ mistress

Fire Brigade, John Wlikerson Yorke, supt

Police, Constable Hedley Ernest French, in charge

Carrier to March - Mrs. Litchfield Webb, daily

Private Residents

Clarke Edmund B. sen

Harding Miss, The Hermitage

Marshall Rev. Frdk. Chas., M.A. Rectory

Stephens Cecil Edwd. M.D. The Lindens

Tibbett John, Askham House

Welcher William, Coney House


Barlow Thomas, beer retailer

Bates William, cottage farmer

Bays James, farmer

Bellamy William, farmer, Cop alder

Bosworth Charles, cottage farmer

Burton William, farmer

Butcher Geo. T. farmer, Ingle house

Cawthorn Frederick, Three Tuns P.H.

Chapman William, farmer

Clarke Edmund Burton, jun. grocer, Post Office

Clarke Edmund Burton, sen. Insur. Agt

Cordell Oliver, cottage farmer

Dack Arthur, shopkeeper

Dack Matthew, coal merchant

Dack William, bricklayer

Darwood Mark, farmer

Darwood William, clothier

Driver John & Fred, farmers

Driver Matthew, boot repairer

Dunham George, builder

Fisher Sarah Jane (Mrs.), farmer

Fisher William, butcher

Fovargue Daniel, farmer

Fovargue Isaac, farmer

Gavins Parkinson, farmer

Goodman Arthur, farmer

Green Arth. beer retailer, Primrose hl

Green Henry, beer retailer

Grey David, beer retailer

Guy Arthur, farmer

Harding Abinger John, beer retailer

Hart William, beer retailer

Haskett James, miller (wind & oil)

Hatch Brothers, bakers

Hatch Alfred, cycle agent

Heaps John Thomas, farmer

Henson Stephen, hair dresser

Hicks Alfred, beer retailer

Jackson Thomas, farmer

Jones James, farmer

Judd John Thomas, farmer

Judd Sarah (Miss), shopkeeper

Kingham Herbert William, farmer

Lambert George Wm. insurance agnt

Lavender Edward, farmer

Lenton John Edward, farmer

Lenton William, blacksmith

Marchant Richard, farmer

Marshall George, saddler

Miller William, farmer

Minett Curtis, cottage farmer

Nightingale John, bee farmer

Palmer George Alfred, plumber & rate collector

Pamby William, beer retailer

Radford William J. beer retailer

Read Nellie (Miss), grocer

Richards Henry, George P.H.

Richardson Edwin J. registrar of births & deaths for Chatteris sub-district (attends every Thursday 12 to 1)

Sharwood John Herbert, painter & assistant overseer

Stephens Cecil Edward M.D. & C.M. Edin. Surgeon & medical officer & public vaccinator, No. 1 district & medical officer to workhouse, North Witchford union & medical officer of health to North Witchford Rural District Council, The Lindens

Stimpson Annie Sophia (Mrs.), grocer

Stokeley Alfred, baker

Tibbett John, farmer, Askham house

Wade Robert, ecclesiastical builder, monumental stone & marble mason

Ward John Thomas, grocer & draper

Watts Henry, baker

Webb Frederick Charles, farmer

Webb Lichfield (Mrs.), carrier

Welcher John & William, farmers

Welcher Charles, farmer

Welcher John Glen, threshing machine owner

Welcher Richard, cottage farmer, Parsons£ drove

Whittome Jn. Wm. Eastmoor house

Wool Arthur, beer retailer

Wright George Edward, butcher

Yorke John & William, wheelwrights

Yorke Alfred James, cottage farmer

Yorke John, blacksmith

Yorke William Henry, carpenter