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According to A Dictionary of British Place Names, Guyhirn, which was 'La Gyerne' in 1275, derives from the Old French 'guie', which means "a guide" (referencing the control of tidal flow or a "salt-water ditch"), with the Old English 'hyrne', which means an "angle or corner of land".[1]

The village is on the opposite bank of the Nene to Ring's End where John Morton, Bishop of Ely, erected a tower house to oversee his new drain.[2]

A railway bridge at Guyhirn was opened in 1882.[citation needed]


Chapel of Ease, Guyhirn

The parish church of St Mary Magdalene was built in 1878, by architect George Gilbert Scott.[3][4] Since 31 October 1983 it has been designated a Grade II listed building.[5] Now a redundant church, it was put for sale in 2018 for £75,000.[6]

Guyhirn Puritan Chapel, also known as Guyhirn Old Church, is a small rectangular building constructed of brick and Barnack stone, with five windows of clear leaded glass set in stone mullions. Designed at the end of the Cromwellian Commonwealth, it was not completed until 1660 when the Restoration had returned Anglicanism as the official religious observance and because of this the Chapel was probably never consecrated. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, and the 'Friends of the Guyhirn Chapel of Ease' formed in 1973 under the presidency of Sir John Betjeman, and later, Edward Storey.[7][8][9]

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  1. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p.217. ISBN 019960908X
  2. ^ "Guyhirn History", Guyhirn-online, retrieved 8 October 2019
  3. ^ "Guyhirn, St Mary Magdalene". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Church". Guyhirn-online. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Church of St Mary Magdalene, Guyhirn, Cambridgeshire". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Historic Grade II listed former church in Guyhirn up for sale for £75,000". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  7. ^ Guyhirn Chapel of Ease, Guyhirn-Online, retrieved 9 March 2011
  8. ^ Historic England, "Chapel of Ease, Wisbech St Mary (1331986)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 March 2015
  9. ^ Guyhirn Chapel, Guyhirn Chapel, Cambridgeshire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 9 December 2016

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