|Alt names||Tilbrooke||source: spelling variation (Cambridgeshire)|
|Tilbrook||source: Bedfordshire Record Office|
|Type||Parish (ancient), Civil parish|
|Located in||Bedfordshire, England ( - 1896)|
|Also located in||Huntingdonshire, England (1896 - 1965)|
|Huntingdon and Peterborough, England (1965 - 1974)|
|Cambridgeshire, England (1974 - present)|
|See also||Stodden Hundred, Bedfordshire, England||hundred in which it was located|
|St Neots Rural, Huntingdonshire, England||rural district of which it was part 1894-1974|
|Huntingdonshire District, Cambridgeshire, England||district municipality in which it has been located since 1974|
- source: Family History Library Catalog
Tilbrook is a village and civil parish 1 mile (2.7km) southeast of Covington and 9 miles (15.4km) west of Huntingdon in the Huntingdonshire District of Cambridgeshire.
It was originally located in Bedfordshire where it was in the Kimbolton SubDistrict of St. Neots Registration District and Poor Law Union. In 1896 this part of Bedfordshire was transferred to Huntingdonshire and Tilbrook became part of the St. Neots Rural District. In 1965 the county of Huntingdonshire was merged with Peterborough to become the county of Huntingdon and Peterborough. This short-lived county was transferred to Cambridgeshire in 1974.
To indicate how close to the Bedfordshire-Huntingdonshire border Tilbrook was, Covington was always in Huntingdonshire.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Tilbrook from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "TILBROOK, a parish in the district of St. Neots and county of Bedford; 1½ mile NW of Kimbolton [railway] station. Post town, Kimbolton, under St. Neots. Acres: 1,680. Real property: £1,945. Pop.: 329. Houses: 78. The manor belongs to Lord St. John. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value: £388. Patron: Lord St. John. The church is good. There are Moravian and Wesleyan chapels, and a national school."
- 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.
- 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