These books were rescued from a rubbish skip when March Urban District Council was ended and March became part of Fenland District Council. As you will see from the gaps; some books had already been destroyed.
The ratepayers are listed in alphabetical order with the property owner listed alongside obviously these are in no order at all. Our long term ambition is to make an index for these volumes which is a huge task. If there is anyone interested with IT and weight lifting skills please contact us.
This first group of books are large but manageable.
1838 Hamlet of March. Relief of the Poor
1855 Township of March. Relief of the Poor
1857 Township of March. Relief of the Poor
1858 Township of March. Relief of the Poor
1860 Township of March. Relief of the Poor
1863 Parish of March. Relief of the Poor (III vols)
1866 Parish of March. Relief of the Poor
1871 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
1873 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
1874 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
1880 Parish of March. North Witchford Union (II vols)
1887 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
1892 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
1893 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
1885 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
1895 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
1897 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
May 1920 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
Nov 1920 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
Nov 1925 Parish of March. North Witchford Union
The remaining books are all seriously huge and heavy if you would like to look at these and are not strong please contact us in advance so we can bring in someone whom is strong enough.
These are all March Urban District Council Rate Books
Oct 1936 –Mar 1937
Nov 1940 – Mar 1941
Nov 1946 – Mar 1947
May 1947 – Sep 1947
Apr 1978 – Sep 1948
1951 – 1973 (XXII volumes)
March Board of Health Minutes
1851 to 1905 in six volumes
March Urban District Council Minutes
1905 to 1974 in 31 volumes
Isle of Ely County Council Minute Books
1889 - 1912
1915 - 1947
1950 - 1955
A total of 55 volumes
These records are fully indexed for name and for address.
Completely indexed, copies provided by the local Family History Society.
Births 1547 - 1872
Marriages 1548 - 1872
Deaths 1548 - 1872
Original records; probably for Station Road Cemetery
Sale of grave plots 1837 - 1879
Burials April 1933 – March 1939
March Burial Board minutes 1865 - 1887 and 1887 - 1923
Because of the data protection act most of these records can only be made available to former pupils of the schools.
We have a large selection of records, including admission registers, and photographs of the following schools:
March Grammar School
March High School for Girls
We also have more limited information and photographs of all the other schools in the March District
Kelly’s Directory 1900
Kelly’s Directory 1912
Kelly’s Directory 1929 (Cambridgeshire only)
Copies from various directories for March only
1791 - 1937
March Town Records
These books are the property of March Town Council and are only on loan to the Museum so can only be made available to serious researchers with appointments to view.
The books were given arbitrary numbers by whoever wrapped and stored them in the 1960s.
They have been grouped together in these tables according to their subject.
Journal of Inspector of Nuisances 1884 -1934
Employee records J Eggitt & Sons, Builders 1926 – 1934. Indexed.
The following are records held at the County Record Office, Cambridge relating to March.
Cambridgeshire Archives, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AP.
Telephone 01223 699399
Registers: baptisms 1548-1959; marriages 1548-1939; burials 1548-1951; banns 1868-1974; graves 1832-52.
Indexed transcript of registers, CMB 1548-1872 also available.
Indulgence by Thomas Wolsey 1526; faculty for extension of gallery 1771; plan of rectory and ground 1972; alphabetical list of occupiers of property c 1803-8; records of March War Association 1917-18.
Registers: baptisms 1872-1939; marriages 1872-1962; banns 1939-1956; Churchwardens’ accounts 1876-1908; vestry minutes 1873-1903.
Registers: baptisms 1874-1960; marriages 1875-1967; burials 1874-1955; Churchwardens’ accounts 1943-57; plan of church and rectory site 1893.
Register: baptisms 1881-1955; marriages 1881-1978; burials 1881-1936; banns 1944-1980; mortgage for building parsonage 1881; roll of church members serving in the war 1939-45.
Microfilm 1941-1901 with indexed transcripts for 1841-61 and index on fiche for 1881.
Map and apportionment 1840.
Act 1792; award 1805 and map 1794.
Manor of March
rules for commons etc. c1669-70.
Manor of Doddington (Doddington, Benwick, March & Wimblington)
Court books 1673-1883
March, South District
Log books 1873-1961; admission registers 1924-75; school board minutes 1879-1903; accounts 1871-83; managers’ minutes 1910-35; copy managers’ minutes 1961-74; plans 1904, 1905, 1922; agreement for erecting national schools 1827; Charity Commissioners Schemes. 1871, 1874, 1887, 1990.
Managers’ minutes 1907-35; 1974-5; plans 1904-5; 1937-1970.
March Cavalry Infants
Attendance registers 1975-90.
School board minutes 1879-1903; accounts 1874-83, managers’ minutes 1903-35; plans 1872-1971.
March West Fen
Log book 1890-1926; school board minutes 1889-1903; managers’ minutes 1903-26.
Plans 1930, 1961-69; Charity Commission Schemes 1871, 1874, 1887, 1900; bequest of William Neale 1696 and Henry Wade 1713.
Plans 1933-72; HMI report 1949.
March High School
Specification and estimate 1908; managers’ minutes 1905-36; plans 1908-58.
Minutes 1935-76; court registers 1915-70; juvenile court registers 1934-70; licensing minutes 1842-1969; register of licenses 1921-69; adoption of children register 1928-77.
Order books 1809-1965; return of licensed houses 1906; plans of proposed public utility schemes for railways, drainage, gas supply etc. 1826-1965.
Poll books 1705-1868; register of electors 1832, 1864, 1881, 1918, 1930-2001.
Ordnance Survey maps
Draft sheets for First Edition one-inch for Cambs. and Isle of Ely 1799-1822.
First and Second Editions 6 and 25 inch County series maps 1885 to date.
March United Reformed Church (formerly Congregational)
Church book 1836-1995; communion register 1917-41; register of baptisms 1931-88; register of marriages 1899-1978; church meeting minutes 1914-1956;deacons’ meeting minutes 1916-85; Sunday School minutes 1893-1906.
March Wesleyan Chapel
Chatteris Wesleyan Circuit
Ely Primitive Methodist Circuit
Survey of Lynwood Farm 1732 (photo); plan of estate in March Fen c1766-89 (photostat); Plan of High and Low Rainsey Moors in March and Doddington c1766-89; Plan of Estover Farm 1794 (photo); plan of estate of Hon. Gen. Sparrow 1805; plan of estates of Nathan Gray 1824; plan of Botany Bay Farm 1832; plan of land south of March Chain Bridge 1834.