Place:Battlesden, Bedfordshire, England

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NameBattlesden
Alt namesBadelesdonesource: Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) p 29
Badelestonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 29
TypeVillage
Coordinates51.933°N 0.583°W
Located inBedfordshire, England
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source: Family History Library Catalog


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Battlesden is a hamlet and civil parish 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.

Battlesden village

Former residents of the village include Henry Skynner & John Dunnyng, both husbandman, defending a case of trespass in Badelesden, in 1422. John Smyth, the complainant, had land in Badelesden, and stated that 100 shillings worth of damage was done to his land.

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