|Alt names||Echam||source: Domesday Book (1985) p 29|
|Higham-Gobion||source: Family History Library Catalog|
|Type||Parish (ancient), Civil parish|
|Located in||Bedfordshire, England|
|See also||Flitt Hundred, Bedfordshire, England||hundred in which it was located|
|Ampthill Rural, Bedfordshire, England||rural district in which it was located 1894-1974|
|Shillington, Bedfordshire, England||parish into which it was been absorbed in or since 1974|
|Mid Bedfordshire District, Bedfordshire, England||non-metropolitan district covering the area since 1974-2009|
|Central Bedfordshire District, Bedfordshire, England||non-metropolitan district covering the area since 2009|
- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia
Higham Gobion is a hamlet in the hundred of Flitt, in the English county of Bedfordshire, England. The hamlet is now part of the civil parish of Shillington. It is located between the villages of Shillington and Barton le Clay.
This hilltop hamlet, which consists of a church, farm and small industrial unit and one or two houses, gets the second part of its name from the Gobion family, who resided in this area after the Norman invasion of 1066. In the fields a mile northeast of the church are triangular earthworks and medieval fishponds, all that remain today of a substantial deserted medieval village.
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Higham Gobion was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Ampthill Rural District. From 1974 until 2009 it was part of the non-metropolitan Mid Bedfordshire District and during this time it was absorbed into Shillington. Since 2009 the area has been covered by the Central Bedfordshire District.
- 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 | Higham Gobion, Bedfordshire, England | Flitt Hundred, Bedfordshire, England | Ampthill Rural, Bedfordshire, England | Shillington, Bedfordshire, England | Mid Bedfordshire District, Bedfordshire, England | Central Bedfordshire District, Bedfordshire, England