Blunham Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Blunham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire. Moggerhanger was constituted a chapelry in 1860

Other places in the parish include: Moggerhanger and Muggerhanger.

Parish church: St. Edmond

Parish registers begin: 1571

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Blunham

  • Great Barford
  • Roxton
  • Willington
  • Northhill
  • Sandy
  • Tempsford

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BLUNHAM, a village and a parish in Biggleswade district, Beds. The village stands on the river Ivel, near the Cambridge and Bedford and the Great Northern railways, 6½ miles E of Bedford; and has a station on the former railway, and a post office under St. Neot’s. It was once a market-town. Pop., 647. Houses, 147. The parish includes also the hamlet of Muggerhanger. Acres, 3,300. Real property, £7,266. Pop., 1,150. Houses, 243. The property is much subdivided. Blunham House and Blunham Park are chief residences; and the former is the seat of SirG. Payne, Bart. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £731. Patron, Countess-Cowper. The church is Norman and good. The vicarage of Muggerhanger is a separate benefice. There are two dissenting chapels, a national school for boys, and an industrial school for girls.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Blunham, 4½ miles N. Biggleswade. P. 1050

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

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Blunham, co. Bedford.

P. T. Biggleswade (45) 5 m. NNW.

Pop. with Moggerhanger 540.

A parish in the hundred of Wixamtree; living, a rectory in the archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Lincoln; valued in K. B. 46l. 2s. 11d.; church ded. to St. Edmond; patroness, the Countess de Grey.

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.




  • 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: Wixamtree
  • Province: Canterbury

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