Bletsoe Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Bletsoe a parish in the hundred of Willey and county of Bedfordshire. The petty sessions for the hundred of Barford, Stodden, and Willey, were occasionally held here.

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1582
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Bletsoe

  • Sharnbrook
  • Knotting
  • Milton Ernest
  • Thurleigh
  • Felmersham
  • Riseley

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BLETSOE, a parish in the district and county of Bedford; on the river Ouse, and on the Midland railway, 1½ mile SSE of Sharnbrook r. station, and 6 NNW of Bedford. It has a post office under Bedford. Acres, 2,239. Real property, £4,021. Pop., 412. Houses, 80. The property is all in one estate; and belonged once to the Pateshulls and the Beauchamps. An old castle, now a farmhouse, was the seat of the ancestors of Lord St. John of Bletsoe. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £316. Patron, Lord St. John. The church contains tombs of the St. John family and of Frances Countess of Bolingbroke. Charities, £13.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bletsoe, 6 m. N. Bedford. P. 420.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Bletsoe, co. Bedford.

P. T. Bedford (50) 6½ m. NNW. Pop. 383.

A parish in the hundred of Willey; living, a rectory in the archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Lincoln; valued in K. B. 17 l.; church ded. to St. Mary; patron, Lord St. John. The petty sessions for the hundred of Barford, Stodden, and Willey, are occasionally held here.

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

Bletsoe Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

Census

Administration

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