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Holy Trinity Church, Hildersham
Grid reference: TL5448
Location: 52°6’36"N, 0°15’0"E
Population: 211  (2011)
Post town: Cambridge
Postcode: CB21
Local Government
Council: South Cambridgeshire
South East Cambridgeshire

Hildersham is a small village and parish in the Chilford hundred of Cambridgeshire, eight miles to the south-east of Cambridge. It is situated just off the A1307 between Linton and Great Abington on a tributary of the River Cam known locally as the River Granta.

The parish boundary extends from the Roman Road, known in mediæval times as Wool Street, north of the village, to the border with Essex to the south.[1]

The village sign was designed by Mrs D.E. Arkright, who along with her husband Mr R.B. Arkright MBE lived in the village for over 40 years.


In the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 202, in 81 households,[2] increasing to a population of 211 in 90 households at the 2011 Census.[3]


The place-name 'Hildersham' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Hildricesham. The name means 'Hildric's village or settlement'.[4] At the time of Domesday there were 20 residents in the parish.[1][5]

One of England's greatest chroniclers, Matthew Paris, is believed to have been born in Hildersham, where the Paris family were at one time lords of the manor.[6][7] The Anglican divine Conyers Middleton died in the village in 1750.


The parish is served by Holy Trinity Church in Hildersham. The church was first built in the 12th century, and the present tower and sacristy survive from that date. The tall nave was rebuilt in the late 13th century and the chancel arch around 1400. The original 12th-century octagonal font is still present.[1]

Village life

Until August 2013, the village was home to The Pear Tree public house.

Hildersham in popular culture

The village of Hildersham and the Holy Trinity Church are central to The 13th Tablet by Alex Mitchell, a fiction thriller set in Iraq, Israel and Hildersham.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Parishes - Hildersham". British History Online. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66708. 
  2. "Hildersham parish". UK census. 2001. http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/35103D8E-036A-444A-BF76-A36C79570FC1/0/Hildersham.pdf. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  3. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11124592&c=Hildersham&d=16&e=62&g=6406682&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&o=362&m=0&r=1&s=1468924876565&enc=1. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  4. Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.239.
  5. "Cambridgeshire". Domesday Book. http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/cambridgeshire1.html. 
  6. Edmund Carter (1819). The History of the County of Cambridge. https://books.google.com/books?id=QTQQAAAAYAAJ. 
  7. John Marius Wilson (1872). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. 
  8. The 13th Tablet by Alex Mitchell, London, Haus Publishing, 2012 (ISBN 978-1908323095). Find the novel on Amazon.

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