Kirtling together with Kirtling Green and Kirtling Towers is a scattered settlement in the east of the English county of Cambridgeshire. It forms a civil parish with the nearby village of Upend to its north. The population of the settlement is included in the civil parish of Woodditton.
Kirtling All Saints parish church
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From the 16th to the 19th century, Kirtling was known as Catlidge. Upend was originally called Upheme – old English for "the up-dwelling". Upend may once have been a separate village, but it had been absorbed into Kirtling before 1066. By 1086, Kirtling had become the most heavily populated parish in the neighbourhood.
A rich Cambridgeshire landowner named Oswi and his wife Leofflaed gave the parish of Kirtling to Ely Abbey around 1000. It later belonged to Earl (later King) Harold, who died in 1066. By 1086 it was probably held by an Englishman named Frawine of Kirtling.
Kirtling Tower is a Grade I listed building; its gatehouse was built about 1530 by Edward North, 1st Baron North. Dudley North, 4th Baron North, politician and polymath, was buried at Kirtling on 27 June 1677. His granddaughter, the orientalist and linguist Dudleya North, was buried here in 1712.
The population of the parish had reached its peak of 909 in 1851, then fell below 800 in 1880, 600 in 1910, 500 in 1930 and to 300 in 1971. The population (including Upend) at the 2011 census was 327.
- Historic England. "Kirtling Tower (Grade I) (1126291)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
- Dale B. J. Randall: "North, Dudley, fourth Baron North (1602–1677)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, UK: OUP, 2004). Retrieved 13 March 2016. Pay-walled.
- https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/cambs/vol10/pp57-63. Missing or empty