Bedford, Bedfordshire Family History Guide

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Bedford, a borough and market-town, and the county town of Bedfordshire, is situated 51 miles north-north-west of London, and intersected by the river Ouse, along both banks of which it extends. Bedford is divided into five parishes: viz. St. Cuthbert, St. John, St. Mary, St. Paul and St. Peter’s Martin, all in the archd. of Bedford, and formerly in the dio. of Lincoln, but now transferred to the dio. of Ely. There was anciently a sixth parish, called St Peter’s Dunstable, the living of which has been united to that of St. Mary.

Bedford consists of the following parishes:

 

Historical Descriptions

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bedford (the County town), on the Ouse, 50m. N.W. London. Mrkt., M. Tu. & Sat. P. 9178

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Bedford, a borough and market-town, and the county town of Bedfordshire, is situated 51 miles north-north-west of London, and intersected by the river Ouse, along both banks of which it extends. Bedford is divided into five parishes: viz. St. Cuthbert, St. John, St. Mary, St. Paul and St. Peter’s Martin, all in the archd. of Bedford, and formerly in the dio. of Lincoln, but now transferred to the dio. of Ely. There was anciently a sixth parish, called St Peter’s Dunstable, the living of which has been united to that of St. Mary. The living of St Cuthbert’s is a discharged rectory, valued at £5 9s. 4½ d.; gross income £129; in the patronage of the Crown. St. John’s is a rectory not in charge, annexed to the mastership of the hospital of St John; gross income £171; in the patronage of the corporation. St. Mary’s is a rectory, valued at £11 4s. 9½ d.; gross income £273; in the patronage of the bishop of Ely. — St. Paul’s is a discharged vicarage, valued at £10; gross income £280. Patron, in 1835, Lord Carteret. The church of St. Paul’s is a fine building, with a handsome tower surmounted by a lofty octagonal spire. It had formerly a curious stone-pulpit, which is still preserved in the chancel, and some ancient monuments. St. Peter’s Martin is a rectory, valued at £11 13s. 1½ d.; gross income £205. Patron, the Crown. The church is an ancient building, having a Norman arch at the south entrance. The tithes of the parishes of St. Paul, St. Peter and St. Cuthbert, the property of the clerical rectors, lay-impropriator, trustees of certain charities, and the vicar, were commuted in 1795. The great and small tithes of St. Mary’s parish, the property of the clerical rectors, were commuted in 1797. The Independents have two, and the Baptists three places of worship here; and the Methodists and Moravians have also places of worship. The Independent chapel, Mill-street, was founded in 1777. The Independent Old Meeting house church, Mill-lane, was formed in 1650. John Bunyan was co-pastor of this church from 1671 to 1688. The Mill-street Baptist chapel was founded in 1796. Read More

Directories

Bedford Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

Bedford Street Directory 1866

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