In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Downham like this:
DOWNHAM, a parish in Ely district, Cambridge; on the Peterborough and Ely railway, near Chittisham r. station, 2¾ miles N by W of Ely. It has a post office under Ely. Acres, 9, 789. Real property, £18, 075. Pop., 2, 158. Houses, 467. The manor belonged to the see of Ely; and was once the principal residence of the bishops. ...
The palace was last occupied by Bishop Wren; and was suffered to decay during the Commonwealth; but some remains of it exist. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £1, 108.* Patron, the Bishop of Ely. The church is ancient; of brick and stone. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans. Town-lands produce £158 a year.
Downham is now part of East Cambridgeshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how East Cambridgeshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Downham itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Downham in East Cambridgeshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th March 2017
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