People in Trumpington: an Historical Database

Welcome to the historic database about People in Trumpington. This provides information about people who are known to have lived at least part of their lives in Trumpington over the last 250 years. Go to the People in Trumpington surname index and see also the notes below. We are also please to provide resource lists about Trumpington’s streets and the people who have lived in the houses in these streets: Streets, Houses and People in Trumpington. The database and resource lists are compiled and maintained by Howard Slatter.  

Trumpington Brass Band, between the 1860s and the early 1880s. Percy Robinson collection. Trumpington Local History Group.
Trumpington Brass Band, between the 1860s and the early 1880s. Percy Robinson collection. Trumpington Local History Group.


The information has been gathered from a variety of sources. The main ones are as follows:

The parish registers of St Mary and St Michael, Trumpington. These have been transcribed (up to 1950) by a local team, and are available on CD-Rom from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society.

Census returns at ten-yearly intervals between 1841 and 1911. The Trumpington schedules have been transcribed by the Local History Group.

The 1939 Register, available online.

Online national indexes of births, marriages and deaths, principally available at FreeBMD.

Electoral Registers held in the Cambridgeshire Collection.

Other documents pertaining to Trumpington in the Cambridgeshire Collection, including street directories and local newspapers.


The great majority of the people included here are known to have spent at least part of their lives in Trumpington, even if it was simply to be married in the parish church or to be brought here by their parents for baptism. The main period covered is between 1770 and 1970, although some records extend beyond these years.

Exceptions to this rule are usually other family members who provide a connection between different Trumpington branches, even if they themselves never lived here. For instance in the 19th century four Parker brothers, all shepherds, came to Trumpington from their native Great Wilbraham; their parents appear in the database even though there is no evidence that they were ever here themselves.

The database mainly shows things that happened during the person’s time in Trumpington, though this often extends to a short time both before and after, and may include births, deaths and marriages that happened elsewhere. Children born to a couple after leaving Trumpington will not usually appear, unless they came to Trumpington at a later date, for instance to be baptised.

Some people have been omitted although they appear in the historical records since 1770. These are, in the main, apparently transient residents without any known family connections who appear in a census, often as domestic servants, or other records such as the parish or electoral registers or street directories. Some have been buried here without, apparently, ever having been resident (for example Henry Fawcett).

The Electoral Registers for Trumpington have produced evidence of “residence” for adults between 1920 and 1970, excluding the war years 1940 to 1944. An entry for “resided” that begins in 1920 or ends in 1970 may therefore mean that person lived there before 1920 or after 1970 too, though the evidence (so far) is missing. Many women did not appear in the Electoral Registers until 1929, when they were first allowed to vote in General Elections.

There are almost certainly some errors in this database. Very few of the post-1837 births, marriages and deaths have been confirmed by seeing an actual certificate, and inferences have been drawn from entries in the indexes to those events. In some of these cases we may have the wrong date, or the wrong person may have been identified. If you discover such an error, then please let us know (see below). One particular “feature” of many of these index-based records is that, from 1935 to 1974, the county of Cambridgeshire was not distinguished from the borough/city of Cambridge, so events from that period in “Cambridge” may in fact have happened elsewhere in the county.

In the interests of privacy, we have attempted to remove all information (including names) relating to anyone born within the last 100 years and not known to have died. Occasionally you will encounter individuals who appear as “Living”: this indicates that either they are still alive, or that they might be.

This is an ongoing project, and not all relevant records have have yet been added. In particular, 20th century records are not yet in place for some of Trumpington north of Long Road or east of the London railway line, although the old “village” is well covered.


How to use the database


The starting point is the surname index, From there you can select a surname and then see a list of people with their dates. On selecting an individual person you will be taken to their “family group sheet”, which will show their immediate family. You can then move around following further links to parents and to children and their own families.

You will see a list of the sources used in compiling the data. The exceptions are the Trumpington parish registers, census data, and dates of birth derived from death records. These are used so frequently that they are not cited each time.

There are also notes attached to the “events” listed on the sheets, and in a few cases a more general note appears about a person.

Some people will show external links to relevant websites (e.g. a Wikipedia entry or online obituary).

At any point you can opt to return to either the surname index or back to this introduction page.

A few abbreviations have been used: for example, “Ag Lab” is short for “Agricultural Labourer”, and a date of “ABT 1830” means “about 1830”.

If you have any comments or queries about what you find, there is a TLHG email link on each family group sheet.

The Local History Group is very grateful to Howard Slatter for his work in developing this resource.