Go to the Archive Contents Page for links to the archived material. Generally speaking anything underlined is a link.

 

            GUIDE TO ARCHIVES

 

A            Agriculture

                              Drainage

            A/E            Enclosures

            A/F            Farms

                              Flood Protection

 

B            Buildings

 

C            Churches

               C/C            Castor
               C/H            Chapels
      C/K            Kyneburgha
      C/L             Liturgy & Services
      C/M            Marholm
               C/O            Other Churches
      C/P            Prayers
      C/R            Records
      C/S            Sutton
               C/U            Upton

D            Archaeology

                D/M            Medieval
       D/R            Roman
                D/S            Saxon

E            Estates

       E/C            Church Estates
       E/K            Castor House
       E/M            Milton
       E/S            Sutton
       E/U            Upton
 

F          Flora and Fauna

 

G          Geography and Maps

 

H          History

                        Disasters
 

I            Individuals

               I/C            Churchwardens Docs
      I/B            Baptisms
               I/F            Funerals
               I/G            Graveyard Records
      I/M            Marriages
               I/T            Family Trees

 

 

J            Jubilees

               J/C            Coronation
               J/M            Millennium
      J/S            Silver Jubilee

      J/G            Golden Jubilee

 

L            Local Admin & Politics

                                 Parish Council
               L/N            Castor New Town
 

M            Military

                 M/A            Army
                 M/E            Ex-Service Personnel
        M/M            War Memorials
        M/N            Royal Navy
                 M/R            Royal air Force
                 M/T            Territorial Army & Reserve
 

P            Parish Officers Records

 

R           School

               R/C            Castor School
               R/M            Marholm School
 

S            Sports & Leisure

 

T            Transport

                T/D            Roman Roads
       T/R            Railways
                                  Navigation
                                  Turnpike Roads
                                  Bypass
 

W          Local Businesses

                                  Inns/Public Houses
                                  Nene Barge & Lighter Co
 

Y            Photographs

 

Z            Miscellaneous

                 Z/R            Personal Reminiscences
                                   Scrapbooks
 
Common Abbreviations Used:
Cath: Cathedral
D&C:  Dean and Chapter
Eccles Commis: Ecclestical Commissioners
LHG: Local History Group
NCRO: Northants County Record Office
NRS: Northants Record Society
OS: Ordinance Survey
RCHM: Royal Commission Historic Monuments.
VCH: Victoria County History
NN&Q: Northants Notes and Queries
 
 
SEARCHING THE DATA BASE
 
General Comments:
If you are looking for something decide which Main Subject it is likely to be under on the Contents List ; eg A/F contains references to Agriculture/Farming, but a person associated with Farming may also be listed under I – Individuals, or even under E – Estates. Please bear with us; we are learning as we go along. It is our intention to cross-reference everything but it takes time. There are already over 1500 documents in the Parish Archive listed on the Data Base, and many of them are pretty large, eg books or long documents. If you have any comments, or ideas, or if you think something should also be referenced or listed under an additional name please let us know. We plan eventually to get all our Archives, Parish Records and documents onto the Web Site. Meanwhile hard copies can be seen in the Castor Parish Church Office ( in the Cedar Centre next to St Kyneburgha’s Church). If you have a problem ring or write to the Rector 01733 380244. Most documents can be copied for a small charge.
 
System of Filing in the Archive:
First see Contents list to find Category.
Then look under Subject to find item of interest within that Category. On the left is a column of numbers, that is the file Reference Number (Ref No). In the next column is Detail, which will give a bit more detail on the subject. The final column on the right will give information about the origins and name of the Document referred to, for eg if it is a book, newspaper cutting, notes made by some-one, and often the date and page number if known.
 
Examples
Quite a few documents are filed under several Categories;
for example copies of the Muster Roll of 1536 are filed under both H – History and P – Parish Officers Records.
In other cases a document may cover a number of subjects; for example the RCHM Book on local antiquities of Peterborough covers all four villages and items concerned with both Archaelogy and Buildings. The Book is filed under B – Buildings, but relevant items concerning local archaeology are listed in the Data Base under D – Archaeology, but the reference will be to the Book under B – Buildings. Many but not all things are cross-referenced for example:
a Farm is in most cases listed by its Village and Farm Name, but also under the Name of the Family currently farming it, but not in all cases yet.
 
 
Standard References:
Most standard references are listed both under the various subjects, but also under the author’s name or its common-user name for example:
Pevsner’s Guide are under Pevsner as well as the relevant Church.
Other standard references are similar such as the VCH,
Sweeting (local churches),
Arthur Mee (under Mee),
Bridges (History of Northants),
Gibson, (The Antonine Itinerary),
RCHM.
Durobrivae. As well as being the name of the nearby Roman Market town, this was also the name of 9 volumes produced by the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust.
 
Extracts from Old Documents:
Relevant extracts have been made from many old documents such as:
Gunton (History of the Church in Peterborough); The White Book of Peterborough; ed S Raban
Hugh Candidus ( The Peterborough Chronicles); The Founding of Peterborough Cathedral (docs edited by WT Mellows);
Northants Miscellany ( E White), and so on.
Most of these are filed under H – History, although some are under P - Parish Officers Records.
 
Individuals:
Again we are gradually cross-referencing all these. An individual document about a Baptism, wedding or a Funeral will be found as follows:
I/B – Bapstims , then name under subject
I/F – Funerals, then name under subject
I/M – Marriages, then name under subject.
 
In the case of other individuals it depends whether it was a record made by some-one else, in which case the name will be listed under Subject, then name. If it is a Reminiscence written by some-one, it may possibly be under Z/R – Miscellaneous/ Reminiscences. If the Subject is mainly a report of Military Service, it will most likely be listed under
Category
M/A – Military/Army then name under Subject
or M/N – Military/Navy then name under Subject or M/R – Military/RAF then name under Subject.