Place:Eastcotts, Bedfordshire, England

Alt namesThe Eastcottssource: old name for township
Cotton Endsource: hamlet in parish
Cardington Cotton Endsource: alternate name for above
Fenlakesource: hamlet in parish, since 1934 in Bedford
Harrowdensource: hamlet in parish
Shortstownsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates52.101°N 0.423°W
Located inBedfordshire, England
See alsoCardington, Bedfordshire, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Wixamtree Hundred, Bedfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Bedford Rural, Bedfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Bedford District, Bedfordshire, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Eastcotts is a civil parish in Bedfordshire, England. Prior to 1866 it was a township within the parish of Cardington. There is no village called Eastcotts, and nineteenth century maps label the area "The Eastcotts" to indicate a wide area rather than a specific settlement. The parish contains the villages of Harrowden and Cotton End (which was shown as Cardington Cotton End on old maps). It also contains Shortstown, the estate which was built to serve RAF Cardington, which is actually in Eastcotts parish, not Cardington parish. When created in 1866, Eastcotts parish also included the Fenlake area of Bedford, but this was transferred to Bedford in 1934.

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Eastcotts was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Bedford Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the non-metropolitan Bedford non-metropolitan district or the Borough of Bedford.

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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