Aspley Guise Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Aspley Guise is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Parish church: St Botolph

Parish registers begin: 1563

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

St Botolph's parish church, Church Street, Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire
Photo of St Botolph’s parish church, Church Street, Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, seen from the south by Mr Biz, some rights reserved.

Parishes adjacent to Aspley Guise

  • Woburn
  • Wavendon, Buckinghamshire
  • Husborne Crawley
  • Hulcote

Historical Descriptions

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Aspley Guise, 2 m. N.E. Woburn. P. 1139

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Aspley-Guise, a parish in the hund. of Manshead, union of Woburn, county of Bedford; 2 miles north by west from Woburn. Living, a rectory, formerly in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln, now in the dio. of Ely; rated at £15 16s. 10½d. ; gross income £215. Patron, in 1835, the duke of Bedford. All tithes, moduses, &c., the property of the clerical rector, were commuted in 1760. There is a Wesleyan Methodist chapel here. A daily school was begun in 1833; there is also a boarding school for boys. A small portion of this parish stretches into Buckinghamshire. Pop., in 1801, 679; in 1831, 1,014. Houses 196. Acres 1,960. A. P. £2,544. Poor rates, in 1837, £281.

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

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Aspley-Guise, co. Bedford.

P. T. Woburn (41) 2 m. N b W. Pop. 848.

A parish in the hundred of Manshead; living, a rectory in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln; charged in K. B. 15l. 16s. 10½d.; church ded. to St. Botolph; patron (1829) Duke of Bedford. Fullers earth is produced in this parish, and there is also a spring to which petrifying qualities are ascribed.

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

Aspley Guise Schools

1818 Digest of Returns to Circular Letter from the Select Committee on Education of the Poor, &c.

Un-Endowed Day Schools Un-Endowed Day Schools
Number Children Number Children
1 90

Schools – none.

Sunday Schools – A Sunday school, supported by voluntary contributions, in which 60 girls and 30 boys are instructed; and a classical and commercial school.

Observations – The poorer classes are desirous of having the means of education.

Notes – Return signed by Thomas Farmer, rector.

Poll Books

Aspley Guise Poll Book 1859 – Google Books


Aspley Guise Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

Books about Aspley Guise

Cockney Kid and Countrymen: The Second World War Remembered by the Children of Woburn Sands and Aspley Guise Paperback – 1 Mar 2001 by Ted Enever (Author)

The story of Aspley Guise: The success of an English village Paperback – 1 Jan 1990 by Joan Christodoulou (Author) A history of the village of Aspley Guise, near Woburn, focusing mainly on the nineteenth century. Illustrated with artistic views, vintage photographs and maps.


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

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