Astwick Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Photo of The Parish Church of St Guthlac, Astwick. by Robin Hall, some rights reserved.

Astwick is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Parish church: St Guthlac

Parish registers begin: 1564

Parishes adjacent to Astwick

  • Langford
  • Arlesey
  • Stotfold
  • Biggleswade
  • Hinxworth
  • Edworth

Historical Descriptions

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Astwick, 4 m. S. E. Biggleswade. P. 84

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Astwick, a parish in the hund. and union of Biggleswade, county of Bedford; 5 miles south-south-east from Biggleswade. Living, a rectory formerly in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln, now in the dio. of Ely; rated at £6 13s. 4d., and in connection with the vicarage of Arlsey. Great and small tithes, the property of the clerical rector, commuted in 1804. Pop., in 1801, 81 ; in 1831, 97. Houses 14. Acres 570. A. P. £711. Poor rates, in 1837, £46

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

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Astwick, co. Bedford.

P. T. Biggleswade (45) 5 m. SSE. Pop. 99.

A parish in the hundred of Biggleswade; living, a rectory, with Arlesey, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln; charged in K. B. 6l. 13s. 4d.; church ded. to St. Guthlake; patronage with Arlesey vicarage.

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.

Astwick Schools 1818

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

Schools - None.

Sunday Schools - None.

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

Notes - Return signed by J. Atkinson, rector.


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Astwick England and Wales Census, 1841 at FamilySearch

Astwick England and Wales Census, 1851 at FamilySearch


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