In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Great Shelford like this:
SHELFORD (Great), a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Chesterton district, Cambridge. The village stands adjacent to the London and Cambridge railway, near the Gogmagog hills, 4 miles S by E of Cambridge; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Cambridge. The parish comprises 1,900 acres. ...
Real property, £4,320. Pop., 1,006. Houses, 221. The chief manor belongs to Caius College, Cambridge; and two smaller manors belong to St. John's College and E. H. De Freville, Esq. There are a brewery, a large flour-mill, and nine wells supplying Cambridge with water. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £102.* Patron, the Bishop of Ely. The church is later English, and has a modern tower. There are a Baptist chapel of 1856, a national school, a British school, and charities £47.The sub-district contains 14 parishes. Acres, 21,580. Pop., 7,157. Houses, 1,539.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Great Shelford in South Cambridgeshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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