|Alt names||Dean Nether and Upper||source: Vision of Britain|
|Lower Dean||source: hamlet in parish|
|Nether Dean||source: alternate name for Lower Dean|
|Upper Dean||source: hamlet in parish|
|Type||Parish (ancient), Civil parish|
|Located in||Bedfordshire, England|
|See also||Stodden Hundred, Bedfordshire, England||hundred in which it was located|
|Eaton Socon Rural, Bedfordshire, England||rural district of which it was a part 1894-1934|
|Dean and Shelton, Bedfordshire, England||civil parish into which it was merged in 1934|
|Bedford District, Bedfordshire, England||district municipality covering the area since 1974|
- source: Family History Library Catalog
Dean is a parish in the north of Bedfordshire, England, close to the borders with both Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire. The parish contained two villages, known as Upper Dean (which has the parish church) and Lower Dean (or Nether Dean). In 1934 the civil parish of Dean was abolished and merged with neighbouring Shelton to form the civil parish of Dean and Shelton. Dean is now covered by the Borough of Bedford.
- 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.
Categories: Bedfordshire, England | Dean, Bedfordshire, England | Stodden Hundred, Bedfordshire, England | Eaton Socon Rural, Bedfordshire, England | Dean and Shelton, Bedfordshire, England | Bedford District, Bedfordshire, England