Billington Bedfordshire Family History Guide

A parish and township including Little Billington in the hundred of Manshead. It is a chapel to the vicarage of Leighton Buzzard. The civil parish of Billington, comprising Great and Little Billington, was formed out of the civil parish of Leighton-Buzzard. The ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1810.

Alternative names: Great Billington

Parish church: St. Michael

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1653; the earlier registers form part of those of Leighton Buzzard
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1606

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist.

Public Elementary School (mixed), built (with house for mistress) in 1863, for 80 children.

Parishes adjacent to Billington

  • Slapton
  • Stanbridge
  • Eaton Bray
  • Leighton Buzzard
  • Edlesborough

Historical Descriptions

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Billington, 2m. S. Leighton-Buzzard. P. 335.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Billington, Great, co. Bedford.

P. T. Leighton Buzzard (41) 2 m. SE. Pop. including the hamlet of Little Billington 237.

A parish and township including Little Billington in the hundred of Manshead. It is a chapel to the vicarage of Leighton Buzzard, in the archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Lincoln; of the clear yearly value of 20 l.; patronage with Leighton Buzzard vicarage.

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

Directories

Billington Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

Administration

  • County: Bedfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Leighton Buzzard
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of Leighton Buzzard
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – Lincoln, Post 1845 – Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1852 – None, Post – 1851 – Dunstable
  • Poor Law Union: Leighton Buzzard
  • Hundred: Manshead
  • Province: Canterbury
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