Shillington Bedfordshire Family History

Shillington is an Ancient Parish partly in Bedfordshire and partly in Hertfordshire.

Alternative names: Shiltington, Shetlington

Other places in the parish include: Holywell, Lower Stondon and Pegsdon.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1543
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Shillington

  • Lower Gravenhurst
  • Offley
  • Higham Gobion
  • Hexton
  • Upper Gravenhurst
  • Meppershall
  • Upper Stondon
  • Holwell
  • Ickleford
  • Pirton
  • Lilley
  • Henlow

Historical Descriptions

Shillington

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SHILLINGTON, or Shiltington, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Ampthill district, Beds. The village stands 3 miles WSW of Henlow r. station, and 5¼ NW of Hitchin; and has a post-office under Hitchin. The parish contains also Pegsdon and Lower Stondon hamlets. Acres, 5,030. Real property, £8,393. Pop. in 1851, 1,598; in 1861, 1,788. Houses, 365. The manor belongs to the Rev. G. Musgrave. Coprolites are largely worked. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £128. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church is decorated and later English. There are chapels for Independents and Methodists, a large school, a library and reading room, alms houses for four widows, and other charities, £13. The sub-district contains five parishes and a part. Acres, 12,242. Pop., 4,188. Houses, 869.

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

Shetlington, 3 miles S.E. Selsoe. P. 1411.

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

Holywell

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Holywell, in Shetlington parish. P. 182.

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

Lower Stondon

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Stondon (Lower), 4½ miles N.E. Selsoe. Popula, incl. in Shetlington.

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

Administration

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