Tempsford Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1562
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Wesleyans Methodists

Parishes adjacent to Tempsford

  • Roxton
  • Little Barford
  • Eaton Socon
  • Everton with Tetworth Huntingdonshire
  • Blunham
  • Gamlingay Cambridgeshire
  • Everton with Tetworth Bedfordshire
  • Sandy

Historical Descriptions

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Tempsford, 4 m. N.W. Potton. P. 577.

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

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Tempsford (St. Peter), a parish, in the union and hundred of Biggleswade, county of Bedford, 5 miles (S. by W.) from St. Neot’s; containing 561 inhabitants. This place is of great antiquity, and was, occupied by the Danes before 921, when they were expelled by the Saxons; but they, returned in 1010, and reduced it to ashes. The great north road leading to St. Neot’s runs through the, parish, which, comprises about 1984 acres. The village is situated on the river Ivel, which is navigable through the parish, and falls into the Ouse as it passes along, the western boundary. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £24, and has a net income of £227; it is in the patronage of the Crown, and the tithes have been commuted for land, under an inclosure act. The church was given to the Prior and Convent of St. Neot’s, by Robert de Carun, in 1129, upon his grandson Anselm taking the monastic habit there. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.


  • 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

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