Yelden is a parish, situated in a valley, 12 miles north from Bedford, 6½ west from Kimbolton, and 4 east-south east from Higham Ferrers, in the hundred of Stodden, union and county court district of Bedford, rural deanery of Eaton, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely. The church of St. Mary is an ancient Norman structure: it has chancel, nave, south aisle, and porch, with square tower and low spire, and 4 bells: there is a recumbent figure in good preservation, supposed to be that of the founder; also brasses, one to a former rector, and one to a benefactor of the parish. The register dates from the year 1653. The living is a rectory, yearly value £300, with residence, in the gift of Peter Creak Bunting, Esq., and held by the Rev. John Fernie, M.A. of Caius College, Cambridge. There is a National school, endowed by the Rev. E. S. Bunting, late rector, with £15 per annum; also a Dissenting chapel. There is a charity of about £10 per annum, the produce of a piece of land called Constable’s Land, which is distributed to the poor in coals. The chief landowners are George Shelton, Esq., and John Sambrook Crawley, Esq., who is lord of the manor. The soil is strong clay; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley, beans, and peas. The population in 1861 was 286; the area is 1,912 acres.
Parish Clerk, Alfred Ringrose.
Letters received through Higham Ferrers, at 8.30 a.m. dispatched at 5 p.m. on week days only. Higham Ferrers: is the nearest money order office.
National School (infants), Miss Emily Barber, mistress
Carrier to: —
Bedford — Daniel Knight, Saturday
Wellingborough — Daniel Knight, Wednesday
Fernie Rev. John, m.a. [rector]. Rectory
Abbott John, miller
Childs George, boot maker & beer retlr
Claridge William, farmer
Cowley George, shopkeeper
Eades Thomas, farmer, Manor farm
Knight Daniel, carrier
Rootham Joseph, wheelwright
Tirrell Samuel, blacksmith
Wagstaff Elizabeth (Miss), Chequers
Wyldes Jabez, shopkeeper & farmer
Source: Post Office Directory of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire; E. R. Kelly; Kelly & Co., London. 1869.