Category: Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Historical Descriptions

Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870

Bedford, an inland county of England, bounded on the N. and N.W. by Northamptonshire, on the E. by the counties of Huntingdon, Cambridge, and Hertford, and on the W. by the counties of Buckingham and Northampton. It is the smallest county in England, with the exception of Middlesex, Huntingdon, and Rutland. Desc. Generally level, or slightly undulating, except on the S., where it is crossed by the Chiltern Hills. The western and eastern parts of the county are, in many parts, sandy; the centre is flat, and three-fourths of the whole is judged to be alluvial soil. Limestone, coarse marble, and imperfect coal are obtained here; and a variety of fossils and petrifactions, particularly the Cornu Ammonis, and different shells, as also petrified wood. Rivers. The Ouse, lvel, Lea, and Ouzel. Manf. Confined almost exclusively to the plaiting of straw and making thread lace, in which nearly three-fourths of the female population are employed. Towns. Bedford, Leighton-Buzzard, Ampthill, Biggleswade, Woburn, Dunstable, and Luton. Ext. 36½ miles from N. to S., by 22½ from E. to W. Area, 295,582 acres. Pop. 135,287.

Source: Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870. Ward, Lock & Tyler, Paternoster Row, London.

Leonard’s Gazetteer 1850

Bedfordshire is bounded, North by Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire, East by hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, South by Buckinghamshire and hertfordshire, and West by Buckinghamshire. It is of an oval form, about 34 miles long and 19 broad. The area is 463 square miles, or 295,320 statute acres. Rivers, the Ouse, and the Ivel. This county is in the Province or Canterbury, in the Diocese or Lincoln, and in the Norfolk Circuit. — It is divided into nine hundreds; namely, Barford, Biggleswade, Clifton, Flitt, Manshead, Redbornstoke, Stodden, Willey, Wixamtree. There are 131 Parishes and Townships, and 10 Market Towns. population, 107,936.

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

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Bedfordshire Parishes

A

Ampthill, Bedfordshire

Arlesey, Bedfordshire

Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire

Astwick, Bedfordshire

B

Barton-le-Cley, Bedfordshire

Battlesden, Bedfordshire

Bedford, Bedfordshire

Bedford Holy Trinity, Bedfordshire

Bedford St Cuthbert, Bedfordshire

Bedford St John, Bedfordshire

Bedford St Mary, Bedfordshire

Bedford St Paul, Bedfordshire

Bedford St Peter, Bedfordshire

Biddenham, Bedfordshire

Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Billington, Bedfordshire

Bletsoe, Bedfordshire

Blunham, Bedfordshire

Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire

Bromham, Bedfordshire

C

Caddington, Bedfordshire

Campton, Bedfordshire

Cardington, Bedfordshire

Carlton, Bedfordshire

Chalgrave, Bedfordshire

Chellington, Bedfordshire

Chicksands, Bedfordshire

Clapham, Bedfordshire

Clifton, Bedfordshire

Clophill, Bedfordshire

Cockayne Hatley, Bedfordshire

Colmworth, Bedfordshire

Colworth Farm, Bedfordshire

Cople, Bedfordshire

Cranfield, Bedfordshire

D

Dean, Bedfordshire

Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Dunton, Bedfordshire

E

Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire

Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire

Edworth, Bedfordshire

Eggington, Bedfordshire

Elstow, Bedfordshire

Eversholt, Bedfordshire

Everton, Bedfordshire

Eyeworth, Bedfordshire

F

Farndish, Bedfordshire

Felmersham, Bedfordshire

Flitton, Bedfordshire

Flitwick, Bedfordshire

G

Goldington, Bedfordshire

Great Barford, Bedfordshire

H

Harlington, Bedfordshire

Harrold, Bedfordshire

Haynes, Bedfordshire

Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire

Henlow, Bedfordshire

Higham Gobion, Bedfordshire

Hockliffe, Bedfordshire

Holwell, Bedfordshire

Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire

Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

Hulcote with Salford, Bedfordshire

Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire

K

Kempston, Bedfordshire

Keysoe, Bedfordshire

Knotting, Bedfordshire

L

Langford, Bedfordshire

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Lidlington, Bedfordshire

Little Barford, Bedfordshire

Little Staughton, Bedfordshire

Lower Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire

Luton, Bedfordshire

M

Marston Moreteyne, Bedfordshire

Maulden, Bedfordshire

Melchbourne, Bedfordshire

Meppershall, Bedfordshire

Millbrook, Bedfordshire

Milton Bryan, Bedfordshire

Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire

N

Northill, Bedfordshire

O

Oakley, Bedfordshire

Odell, Bedfordshire

Old Warden, Bedfordshire

P

Pavenham, Bedfordshire

Pertenhall, Bedfordshire

Podington, Bedfordshire

Potsgrove, Bedfordshire

Potton, Bedfordshire

Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire

R

Ravensden, Bedfordshire

Renhold, Bedfordshire

Ridgmont, Bedfordshire

Riseley, Bedfordshire

Roxton, Bedfordshire

S

Salford, Bedfordshire

Sandy, Bedfordshire

Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire

Shefford, Bedfordshire

Shefford Hardwick, Bedfordshire

Shelton, Bedfordshire

Shillington, Bedfordshire

Silsoe, Bedfordshire

Souldrop, Bedfordshire

Southill, Bedfordshire

Stagsden, Bedfordshire

Stanbridge, Bedfordshire

Steppingley, Bedfordshire

Stevington, Bedfordshire

Stotfold, Bedfordshire

Streatley, Bedfordshire

Studham, Bedfordshire

Sundon, Bedfordshire

Sutton, Bedfordshire

T

Tempsford, Bedfordshire

Thurleigh, Bedfordshire

Tilbrook, Bedfordshire

Tilsworth, Bedfordshire

Tingrith, Bedfordshire

Toddington, Bedfordshire

Totternhoe, Bedfordshire

Turvey, Bedfordshire

U

Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire

Upper Stondon, Bedfordshire

W

Westoning, Bedfordshire

Whipsnade, Bedfordshire

Wilden, Bedfordshire

Willington, Bedfordshire

Wilstead, Bedfordshire

Woburn, Bedfordshire

Wootton, Bedfordshire

Wrestlingworth, Bedfordshire

Wymington, Bedfordshire

Y

Yelden, Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Hundreds

The Hundreds of Bedfordshire

The Hundreds of Bedfordshire (plus the borough of Bedford) as of 1830.

Bedfordshire Poor Law Unions

Bedfordshire was divided into six Poor Law Unions

  • Ampthill Poor Law Union
  • Bedford Poor Law Union
  • Biggleswade Poor Law Union
  • Leighton Buzzard Poor Law Union
  • Luton Poor Law Union
  • Woburn Poor Law Union

Woburn Union was dissolved in 1899 and the parishes transferred to the Leighton Buzzard and Ampthill Unions.

Some Bedfordshire parishes came under the St. Neots Union as follows:

  • Eaton Socon
  • Little Barford
  • Little Staughton
  • Pertenhall
  • Tilbrook
  • Dean
  • Shetton

See below for the latest articles for Bedfordshire

Yelden Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish Alternative names: Yeldon, Yielden, Yielding Parish church: St. Mary Parish registers begin: Parish registers: 1653 Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602 Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist Adjacent Parishes Melchbourne Shelton Newton Bromswold Knotting Chelveston cum Caldecott Dean Historical Descriptions The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870 YIELDING, or Yelden, a parish in the district and...

Tingrith Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish Parish church: St. Nicholas Parish registers begin: Parish registers: 1540 Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602 Nonconformists include: Adjacent Parishes Eversholt Milton Bryan Harlington Toddington Flitwick Westoning Historical Descriptions The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870 TINGRITH, a parish in Woburn district, Beds; 4 miles E of Woburn, and 4½ SE of Ridgmount r....

Toddington Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Toddington is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire. Other places in the parish include: Chalton. Parish church: St. George Parish registers begin: Parish registers: 1540 Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602 Nonconformists include: Baptist, Roman Catholic, Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.  Adjacent Parishes Chalgrave Milton Bryan Tingrith Harlington Luton Battlesden Sundon Houghton Regis...

Totternhoe Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish Alternative names: Tattnall Parish church: St. Giles Parish registers begin: Parish registers: 1629 Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602 Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist, Baptist, Primitive Methodist Adjacent Parishes Kensworth Stanbridge Houghton Regis Eaton Bray Whipsnade Tilsworth Historical Descriptions The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870 TOTTERNHOE, a parish, with a village, in Luton district,...

Turvey Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish Parish church: All Saints Parish registers begin: Parish registers: 1576 Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602 Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, United Reformed Church, Wesleyan Methodist, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends Adjacent Parishes Stagsden Clifton Reynes Astwood Cold Brayfield Carlton Stevington Newton Blossomville Hardmead Lavendon Harrold Historical Descriptions The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870 TURVEY,...

Tilbrook Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish Alternative names: Tillbrook Parish church: All Saints Parish registers begin: Parish registers: 1649 Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602 Nonconformists include: Moravian, Wesleyan Methodist Adjacent Parishes Swineshead Kimbolton Little Catworth Covington Great Catworth Dean Pertenhall Historical Descriptions The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870 TILBROOK, a parish in the district of St. Neots and...

Tilsworth Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish Parish church: All Saints Parish registers begin: Parish registers: 1572 Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602 Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist Adjacent Parishes Chalgrave Stanbridge Houghton Regis Eggington Totternhoe Hockliffe Historical Descriptions The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870 TILSWORTH, a parish, with a village, in Woburn district, Beds; 1½ mile NNE of Stambridgeford r....

Thurleigh Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish Parish church: St. Peter Parish registers begin: Parish registers: 1573 Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602 Nonconformists include: Baptist Adjacent Parishes Clapham Ravensden Bletsoe Milton Ernest Bolnhurst Riseley Keysoe Historical Descriptions The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870 THURLEIGH, a parish, with a village, in the district and county of Bedford; 3¼ miles E...