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David Allen, in conjunction with Gamlingay & District History Society, runs two websites about the village. Both are must-visits for anyone interested in Gamlingay's history.
The first is the splendid Gamlingay Photos. Subtitled 'A Pictorial History of an English Village', it features an ever-growing selection of old and interesting photos. I doubt that many villages or towns can boast such a collection of photographs. Find it at www.gamlingayphotos.co.uk
The other is Gamlingay & District History Society's own site which is, like its sister site, a fitting and valuable resource: www.gamlingayhistory.co.uk
Gamlingay's own village website is at www.gamlingay.org and features a wide range of topics on the village both past and present - and you can even take a virtual tour of the village.
The Apthorpes were the dominant family in the village for some 200 years. Their descendants have spread far and wide throughout the world, and have their own active Apthorp(e) Society along with an impressive website at www.apthorp-e-soc.org
An amazing (and on-going) project by The British Newspaper Archive to publish millions of pages from local newspapers can be found at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk and will eventually consist of some 40 million pages. The site is easy to search, but there is a subscription to take out if you want to see the original scan. It's worth every penny.
An even more amazing (and on-going) project is to be found on an American university's website. The university in question is the University of Houston, and the site can be accessed through their O'Quinn Law Library section. The aim of the project is to put online the major legal and financial series of documents for England between 1272 and 1800 kept in the National Archives in Kew. They've done this by photographing the documents on a digital camera, and what is so refreshing is that the images are available online to study at no charge. At the moment there are eight million images available to look at and download.
The records currently available include the Early Chancery Proceedings, the Court of Common Pleas, Justices Itinerent records, Coroners' Rolls and Gaol Delivery Rolls. Other than going to Kew and looking through the original records these have previously, to all intents and purposes, been unavailable to the non-professional researcher. The drawback is that most of them are not indexed. Even so, I have found several hundred documents referring to Gamlingay that I didn't know existed. The site has the potential to revolutionise the study of local history.
This is the main portal to the records:
The arrangement is by reign. If you click on the name of a king or queen you are taken to a page with all the records available for that reign.
Finally, should you wish, you can view a selection of my paintings and aircraft colour schemes at www.artofaviation.co.uk
Here are some links to other related websites.