Place:Battlesden, Bedfordshire, England

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NameBattlesden
Alt namesBadelesdonesource: Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) p 29
Badelestonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 29
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.933°N 0.583°W
Located inBedfordshire, England
See alsoManshead Hundred, Bedfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Ampthill Rural, Bedfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Mid Bedfordshire District, Bedfordshire, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 1974-2009
Central Bedfordshire District, Bedfordshire, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 2009
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Battlesden is a hamlet and civil parish since 1974 in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England. It is just north of the A5, between Dunstable and Milton Keynes. According to the 2001 census, it had a population of 38. Because of its low electorate, it has a parish meeting rather than a parish council.

Battlesden House - was a large manor house situated in parkland, Battlesden Park, close to the hamlet of Battlesden in Bedfordshire, England. A manor house was constructed in the late 16th century and was associated with the family of Lord Bathurst before he sold the estate to Sir Gregory Page in 1724. The estate was later inherited by Page's great-nephew Sir Gregory Page-Turner in 1775.

The original house was demolished in 1860 and a new house was built in 1864. This had 40 rooms and a large ballroom and cost £40,000 to build, while the surrounding parkland and lake were created by Sir Joseph Paxton. However, the owner, Sir Edward Page-Turner did not like the house, preferring to let it to a wealthy tenant before selling the estate to Francis Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford in 1885. The Duke, who already owned two country houses in the county, was interested in the land rather than the building, so he ordered the partial demolition of the house in 1886. Only the ground floor was retained, which was used as a nursing home during the First World War and a maternity home in the Second World War. This was demolished after the war leaving just the coach house, which is today a private dwelling.

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Battlesden was originally an ancient parish in the Manshead Hundred of Bedfordshire, England. It was an ancient parish with no subsidiary chapelries or townships.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Ampthill Rural District. From 1974 until 2009 it was part of the non-metropolitan Mid Bedfordshire District and after 2009 in the Central Bedfordshire District.

Research Tips

  • The website British History Online provides three chapters of the Victoria County History Series on Bedfordshire. The first covers the religious houses of the county; the second and third provides articles on the parishes of the county. The parishes are arranged within their "hundreds".
  • GENUKI main page for Bedfordshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • Bedfordshire family history societies are listed in GENUKI.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851. There is a list of all the parishes in existence at that date with maps indicating their boundaries. The website is very useful for finding the ecclesiastical individual parishes within large cities and towns.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Bedfordshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
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