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History:  St. Catherines Church, Litlington.


The parish church belonged in the early 12th century to the earls of Gloucester. About 1168 Earl William granted it to his newly founded abbey of Keynsham (Som.), which retained it, being paid a 45s. pension out of the rectory in 1254, until in 1259 the abbey returned the advowson to William's heir, Earl Richard de Clare. The patronage then descended in the Clare family, and at the partition of 1317 its reversion was apparently assigned to Richard's granddaughter, Elizabeth de Burgh. In 1336 she was licensed to include Litlington church in the endowment of University, later Clare, Hall, Cambridge.  For more, please visit:




A copy of the church guide is available here - St Catherine’s Church Guide


The church of ST. CATHERINE, so named in 1513, consists of a chancel with vestry, aisled and clerestoried nave with south porch, and west tower. It is built of field stones with ashlar dressings which were formerly mostly in clunch.  The oldest surviving parts include a narrow lancet over a blocked 13th-century doorway in the western part of the south wall of the chancel, which was probably only later extended eastwards to its present length.  For more, please visit:







The puritan evangelist Francis Holcroft first came to preach in south-west Cambridgeshire, when he found the other fellows of Clare neglecting to preach at Litlington in the early 1650s.  Dissent remained vigorous in the parish for many years. Two men and five women would not come to church in 1662. Four were from the family of John Thorowgood ... For more, please visit:





St Catherine’s Church Floodlight Diary




2nd November -   Birthday of William Thomson RIP

3rd November -    Anonymously

3rd November -    To celebrate the birthday of Lou Barnes, long time resident of Litlington now    living at Moorlands Court, Melbourn

22nd November - In memory of Lisenna Carter RIP and Rudy RIP taken suddenly on 1st    September 2009

27th November -  In memory of Peter Shore RIP who died in 1994

5th December -    Birthday of Mrs V “Pop” Carter RIP

8th December -    Birthday of Jean Watts, daughter of Lou Barnes

11th December -  In loving memory of Lisenna Carter RIP, on the anniversary of her funeral

15th December -  Anniversary of the death of Dudley Unsworth RIP

24th December -  In memory of Lisenna Carter RIP

25th December -  To celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ

31st December/

1st January -        To celebrate the New Year

5th January -        Birthday of Hilda Williams

8th January -        In memory of Peter Case RIP

11th January -      To celebrate the 80th birthday of Sam Ferris

11th January -      In memory of Mrs Emma Bird RIP, on her birthday

12th January -      In memory of Brian Reid RIP

31st January -      Anniversary of the death of Bill Newman RIP

12th February -    Birthday of Fred Barnes RIP

15th February -    Birthday of Frank Bailey RIP

15th February -    Fred Barnes RIP


If you would like the lights switched on, please contact John Jenner (01763 242127) or Pam Sharp (01763 852425)

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