Battlesden Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin: 1719

Nonconformists include:

Battlesden Park, Bedfordshire 1818
Battlesden Park, Bedfordshire 1818. Image extracted from page 48 of volume 1 of “Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. L.P”, by John Preston Neale. Original held and digitised by the British Library.

Parishes adjacent to Battlesden

  • Pottesgrove
  • Chalgrave
  • Milton Bryan
  • Toddington
  • Hockliffe

Historical Descriptions

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Battlesden, 3 m. S. Woburn. P. 179

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Battlesden, a parish in the hund. of Manshead, union of Woburn, county of Bedford; 3 miles south of Woburn, on the post road to Dunstable. Living a rectory, united with that of Potsgrove, formerly in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln, now in the dio. of Ely; valued at £12 9s. 7d.; gross income £328. Patron, in 1835, Sir G. P. Turner, Bart. Earl Bathurst takes the title of baron from this place. It stands on the Roman road called Watling street. Pop., in 1801, 133; in 1831, 145. Houses 28. Acres 1,140. A. P. £2,420. Poor rates, in 1837, £167.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Battleden, co. Bedford.

P. T. Woburn (41) 3 m. SSE. Pop. 151.

A parish in the hundred of Manshead; living, a rectory united with that of Potsgrave, in the archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Lincoln; valued in K. B. 12l. 9s. 7d.; church ded. to St. Peter; patron (1829) Sir G. P. Turner, Bart.

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.


Battlesden Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914


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

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