Impington: Nonconformity

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A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 9, Chesterton, Northstowe, and Papworth Hundreds. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1989.

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Impington was little affected by dissent until the late 19th century, no nonconformists being recorded in 1676. (fn. 1) There were said to be six Independents in 1728, (fn. 2) and houses were registered for worship in 1739 and 1798, (fn. 3) but in the early 19th century the vicar claimed that there were no dissenters in the parish. (fn. 4) Nonconformity grew in the late 19th century with the increasing population, though there was never a chapel in Impington. The incumbent in 1873 estimated there to be c. 75 dissenters and the same number of churchgoers (fn. 5) in a total population approaching 400, but in 1885 most Impington families were said to attend the Baptist and Methodist chapels in Histon. (fn. 6)


  • 1. Compton Census, ed. Whiteman, 164.
  • 2. C.U.L., E.D.R., B 8/1, f. 20.
  • 3. P.R.O., RG 3½, Ely dioc. no. 67; ibid. Ely archdeac. no. 4.
  • 4. C.U.L., E.D.R., C 1/4; C 1/6.
  • 5. Ibid. C 3/25.
  • 6. Ibid. C 3/31.