- source: Family History Library Catalog
East Bedfont is one of the ancient parishes of Middlesex. From 1894 to 1930 it was part of Staines Rural District and from 1930 it was part of Feltham Urban District. In 1965, Feltham Urban District was abolished and became part of the London Borough of Hounslow.
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Bedfont (historically East Bedfont) is a suburban district and ward in the western part of Greater London, centred 13 miles (21 km) WSW of Charing Cross (a point considered to be the centre of London from which distances are measured) and 2 miles (3 km) from Heathrow Airport. It straddles the old and new Staines Road (A30 and A305) in the west of the London Borough of Hounslow. Bedfont occupies the land north of a railway line, south of Heathrow's southern perimeter road, west of Baber Bridge on the River Crane (which marks the boundary of Hounslow), and east of the Surrey boundary at Ashford and Stanwell. As such it includes the area informally known as North Feltham and the neighbourhood of Hatton.
A nineteenth century description
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of East Bedfont from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "BEDFONT (East), a village and a parish in Staines [registration] district, Middlesex. The village stands adjacent to the Southwestern railway, near Feltham station, 3½ miles ENE of Staines; and has a post office, of the name of Bedfont, under Hounslow. The parish includes also the hamlet of Hatton. Acres: 1,856. Real property: £6,497. Population: 1,150. Houses: 237. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of London. Value: £288. Patron: the Bishop of London. The church is ancient, has a Saxon porch, and has been enlarged and improved. There is a national school."
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