Place:Bedfordshire, England

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NameBedfordshire
Alt namesBedssource: postal abbreviaton
BDFsource: Chapman County Codes (GENUKI)
Bedfordsource: Census UK: County Abbreviations [online] accessed 16 Dec 2002; Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 129
Bedfordsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeHistoric county, Administrative county, Modern county
Coordinates52.1°N 0.5°W
Located inEngland
Contained Places
Civil parish
Chalgrave
Cranfield
Dunstable
Henlow
Kempston
Linslade ( 1965 - present )
Marston Moretaine
Odell
Podington
Pulloxhill
Staploe
Sundon
Westoning
District municipality
Mid Bedfordshire ( 1974 - 2009 )
South Bedfordshire ( 1974 - 2009 )
Hamlet
Staploe
Inhabited place
Ampthill
Arlesey
Astwick
Barton in the Clay
Battlesden
Bedford
Beeston
Biddenham
Biggleswade
Bletsoe
Blunham
Bolnhurst
Bromham
Broom
Cardington
Carlton
Chawston
Clapham
Clophill
Cockayne Hatley
Colmworth
Cople
Cranfield
Dunstable
Dunton
Eaton Bray
Eaton Ford ( - 1965 )
Edworth
Elstow
Eversholt
Everton
Farndish
Felmersham
Flitwick
Goldington
Harlington
Haynes
Henlow
Hinwick
Hockcliffe
Holme
Houghton Conquest
Houghton Regis
Kempston
Keysoe
Knotting
Langford
Leighton Buzzard
Lidlington
Little Barford
Lower Shelton
Lower Stondon
Luton
Marston Moretaine
Maulden
Melchbourne
Meppershall
Millbrook
Millow
Milton Ernest
Oakley
Odell
Pavenham
Pegsdon
Pertenhall
Podington
Potsgrove
Potton
Pulloxhill
Putnoe
Radwell
Riseley
Roxton
Salford
Sandy
Sewell
Sharnbrook
Shefford
Shillington
Silsoe
Southcote ( 1965 - )
Stagsden
Stanford
Steppingley
Stevington
Stotfold
Sutton
Swineshead
Tempsford
Thurleigh
Tilsworth
Tingrith
Toddington
Turvey
Upper Shelton
Westoning
Wilden
Wilshamstead
Woburn
Wootton
Wymington
Yelden
Parish
Aspley Guise
Aspley Heath
Billington
Caddington
Campton
Chellington
Chicksands
Clifton
Colworth Farm
Dean
Eastcotts
Eaton Socon ( - 1965 )
Eggington
Eyeworth
Flitton
Gravenhurst
Great Barford
Harrold
Heath and Reach
Higham Gobion
Holwell ( - 1897 )
Hulcote
Humbershoe ( - 1897 )
Husborne Crawley
Hyde
Kensworth ( 1897 - )
Leighton Buzzard
Leighton-Linslade
Little Staughton
Lower Gravenhurst
Luton
Milton Bryan
Moggerhanger
Northill
Old Warden
Ravensden
Renhold
Ridgmont
Shefford Hardwick
Shelton
Souldrop
Southill
Stanbridge
Stondon
Streatley
Studham
Tilbrook ( - 1896 )
Totternhoe
Upper Gravenhurst
Whipsnade
Willington
Woodside
Wrestlingworth
Suburb
Eaton Ford ( - 1965 )
Unitary authority
Central Bedfordshire ( 2009 - )
Luton
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names


Bedfordshire (abbreviated Beds.) is a ceremonial county of historic origin in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It was an historic county until 1889, an administrative county from 1889 until 1974, and a modern non-metropolitan county until 2009. The county borough of Luton was established from the Town of Luton in 1964. Luton became a unitary authority in 1997 and the remaining parts of the county were organized into the unitary authorities of Bedford based on the existing borough of Bedford, the county town, and Central Bedfordshire, a combination of Mid Bedfordshire and South Bedfordshire Districts in 2009.

Although the three authorities govern separately, the county remains one ceremonial county.

The county borders the counties of Cambridgeshire to the northeast, Northamptonshire to the north, Buckinghamshire to the west and Hertfordshire to the southeast. It also borders the historic county of Huntingdonshire to the northeast, which has been administered as part of Cambridgeshire since 1974.

Contents

History

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article History of Bedfordshire., especially the sections "Political history", "Sub county level administration" (which lists the civil parishes and urban and rural districts in charge at various times) and "Industry and agriculture".

Ancient Parishes and Registers

Bedfordshire contains 131 parishes, the parish registers of a dozen of which began before 1540. Most parishes were in the archdeaconry of Bedford in the parish of Lincoln until 1837. The archdeaconry was then transferred to the diocese of Ely and has been in the diocese of St Albans since 1914. A few parishes were transferred between Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in 1844 and 1899. (source: Genuki pages for Bedfordshire)

Research Tips

  • Genuki pages for Bedfordshire contain much more information than Wikipedia, although some sections of Genuki may be out of date. There are many links to other providers of information. The section of Bedfordshire religious denominations provides a lot of detail. All pre-1812 parish registers for Bedfordshire have been transcribed although not all are included in FamilySearch.
  • Bedfordshire Family History Society published the Parish Records and these are available on CD
  • Bedford Borough Council offers a research service for remote users.
  • Looking 4 Kin. A self-help group
  • Society of Genealogists library holdings for Bedfordshire

Research Tools

English Jurisdictions 1851

Family Search maps have provided this finding aid or "app". Type a location in the search box, select Parish, County, Civil Registration District, Diocese, Rural Deanery, Poor Law Uniion, Hundred or Division from the pulldown list and you are provided with a box locating the place on a Google map. The Info tab gives the dates of creation of the parish, its predecessor(s) and the availability of Parish Records and Bishops Transcripts. The Jurisdictions tab gives the Civil Registration District, the Probate Court, the Diocese, the Rural Deanery, the Poor Law Union, the Hundred and the Ecclesiastical Province. Under options you have a choice of listing contiguous parishes, doing a radius place search, searching the Family History Catalog, the Family History Historical Records, or the FamilySearch Research Wiki, or simply moving on to another search. A layer system allows you to search under more than one category at a time. Remember that history “stops” at 1851 on this finding aid.

source: Family History Library Catalog
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