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Kirtling All Saints parish church
Kirtling is located in Cambridgeshire
Kirtling shown within Cambridgeshire
Population327 (2011)
OS grid referenceTL687565
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNewmarket
Postcode districtCB8
EU ParliamentEast of England
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52°11′N 0°28′E / 52.18°N 0.47°E / 52.18; 0.47Coordinates: 52°11′N 0°28′E / 52.18°N 0.47°E / 52.18; 0.47

Kirtling together with Kirtling Green and Kirtling Towers is a scattered settlement in the east of the English county of Cambridgeshire. It forms a civil parish with the nearby village of Upend to its north. The population of the settlement is included in the civil parish of Woodditton.


From the 16th to the 19th century, Kirtling was known as Catlidge. Upend, on the other hand, was originally called Upheme – old English for "the up-dwelling". Upend may once have been a separate village, but it was absorbed into Kirtling before 1066; Kirtling had become the most heavily populated parish in the neighbourhood in 1086.

Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Philip Neri, Kirtling

A rich Cambridgeshire landowner named Oswi and his wife Leofflaed gave the parish of Kirtling to Ely Abbey around 1000. It later belonged to Earl (later King) Harold who died in 1066. By 1086 it was probably held by an Englishman named Frawine of Kirtling.

Kirtling Tower is a Grade I listed building; its gatehouse was built about 1530 by Edward North, 1st Baron North.[1] Dudley North, 4th Baron North, the politician and polymath, was buried at Kirtling on 27 June 1677.[2]


The population of the parish had reached its peak of 1,458 by the 1801 census, and had fallen to 909 in 1851, below 800 in 1880, 600 in 1910, 500 in 1930 and to 300 in 1971. The population (including Upend) at the 2011 census was 327.[3]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Kirtling Tower  (Grade I) (1126291)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  2. ^ Dale B. J. Randall: "North, Dudley, fourth Baron North (1602–1677)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, UK: OUP, 2004). Retrieved 13 March 2016. Pay-walled.
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 July 2016.

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