Place:Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire, England

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NameEaton Socon
Alt namesEaton-Soconsource: Family History Library Catalog
Etonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 29
Eaton Sokesource: ancient name for parish
Sudburysource: ancient name for parish
Bushmeadsource: hamlet in parish
Duloesource: hamlet in parish
Honeydonsource: hamlet in parish
Upper Staploesource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.216°N 0.288°W
Located inBedfordshire, England     ( - 1965)
Also located inHuntingdon and Peterborough, England     (1965 - 1974)
Cambridgeshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoBarford Hundred, Bedfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Eaton Socon Rural, Bedfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1934
Bedford Rural, Bedfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1934-1965
St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, Englandtown with which the urban part merged in 1965
Staploe, Bedfordshire, Englandcivil parish with which the rural part merged in 1965
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Eaton Socon was a village and civil parish in Bedfordshire, as was with the neighbouring village of Eaton Ford. In 1965 the parish was abolished, with the rural part becoming the parish of Staploe (which remained in Bedfordshire), whilst the village was joined with the town of St Neots, on the opposite bank of the river Great Ouse in Huntingdonshire. At the same time as this merger, the county of Huntingdonshire merged with the Soke of Peterborough section of Northamptonshire to form the short-lived county of Huntingdon and Peterborough. Nine years later in 1974, Huntingdon and Peterborough was merged with Cambridgeshire. The population of Eaton Socon is around 5000 people (Source:UK Census of 2001).

The village is mentioned as "Eaton" in the Domesday Book, when the manor belonged to Eudo Dapfier. In the 13th century the village became a "Soke", which meant it was independent of the local Hundred Court at Barford. In time, "Soke" became "Socon". The village was also previously known as "Sudbury". Other former parts of Eaton Socon - Duloe, Honeydon, Wyboston and Upper Staploe. Bushmead Priory and the hamlet of Bushmead are also in the parish. With the exception of Wyboston, which joined Roxton in 1934, these places have all been re-directed here.

GENUKI gives a description of Eaton Socon from a gazetteer of 1868 and also lists the hamlets and small villages which were part of the parish. References to other sources of information on the parish are also given (updated until 2009).

Research Tips

  • Original historical documents relating to Huntingdonshire are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office in Huntingdon.
  • A History of the County of Huntingdon in 3 volumes from British History Online (Victoria County Histories), published 1911. This is by far the most complete history of the parishes of the county to be found online. The chapters are ordered by the divisions of the county called hundreds, but each chapter is linked to the volume's content page.
  • GENUKI has a page on Huntingdonshire and pages for each of the ecclesiastical parishes in the county. These give references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, 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.
  • Map of Huntingdonshire divisions in 1888 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • Map of Huntingdonshire divisions in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • 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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