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Battlesden Park, Bedfordshire 1818
Battlesden Park, Bedfordshire 1818. Image extracted from page 48 of volume 1 of “Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. L.P”, by John Preston Neale. Original held and digitised by the British Library.

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin: 1719

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Battlesden

  • Pottesgrove
  • Chalgrave
  • Milton Bryan
  • Toddington
  • Hockliffe

Historical Descriptions

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Battlesden, 3 m. S. Woburn. P. 179

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Battlesden, a parish in the hund. of Manshead, union of Woburn, county of Bedford; 3 miles south of Woburn, on the post road to Dunstable. Living a rectory, united with that of Potsgrove, formerly in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln, now in the dio. of Ely; valued at £12 9s. 7d.; gross income £328. Patron, in 1835, Sir G. P. Turner, Bart. Earl Bathurst takes the title of baron from this place. It stands on the Roman road called Watling street. Pop., in 1801, 133; in 1831, 145. Houses 28. Acres 1,140. A. P. £2,420. Poor rates, in 1837, £167.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Battleden, co. Bedford.

P. T. Woburn (41) 3 m. SSE. Pop. 151.

A parish in the hundred of Manshead; living, a rectory united with that of Potsgrave, in the archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Lincoln; valued in K. B. 12l. 9s. 7d.; church ded. to St. Peter; patron (1829) Sir G. P. Turner, Bart.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. II; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.


Battlesden Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914


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  • County: Bedfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Woburn
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Bedford
  • Diocese: Pre-1837 – Lincoln, Post-1836 – Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Dunstable
  • Poor Law Union: Woburn
  • Hundred: Manshead
  • Province: Canterbury