Biddenham, Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1663
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Biddenham

  • Bedford St Paul
  • Kempston
  • Bedford Holy Trinity
  • Bromham

Historical Descriptions

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Biddenham, a parish in the hund. of Willey, union and county of Bedford; 2 miles west of Bedford. Living, a discharged vicarage, formerly in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln, now in the dio. of Ely; valued at £8; gross income £100. Patron, in 1835, the honourable G. R. Trevor. There are three daily schools here, principally for lace-making, and two Sunday schools. Charities connected with the parish produce £15 per annum. Pop., in 1801, 252; in 1831, 369. Houses 59. Acres 1,760. A.P. £1,933. Poor rates, in 1837, £158.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Biddenham, 2 m. W. Bedford. P. 345

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

Biddenham A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Biddenham, co. Bedford.

P.T. Bedford (50) 2 m. W. Pop. 393.

A parish in the hundred of Willey; living, a dis. vicarage in the archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Lincoln; valued in K. B. 8 l.; church ded. to St. James.

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.

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Administration

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