Place:Caddington, Bedfordshire, England

Alt namesCadendonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 29
Woodsidesource: hamlet in parish
Aley Greensource: hamlet in parish
Slip Endsource: hamlet in parish
Coordinates51.85°N 0.45°W
Located inBedfordshire, England
Also located inHertfordshire, England     ( - 1897)
See alsoFlitt Hundred, Bedfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was part located
Dacorum Hundred, Hertfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was part located
Hemel Hempstead Rural, Hertfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1897
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

Caddington is a large village and parish in Bedfordshire. Until 1897 the parish straddled Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, with the western two thirds of the parish being in Hertfordshire and the eastern third (which included the parish church of All Saints) in Bedfordshire. The county boundary went right through the middle of Caddington village. There were several sizable hamlets in the parish, notably including Slip End, Aley Green, Woodside (which became an ecclesiastical parish in 1892), and part of Markyate. Since 1897 the parish has been entirely within Bedfordshire, although at the same time a small part of the parish's former territory was ceded to the new parish of Markyate created at that time. In the early 2000s the parish was split again, with the former hamlet of Slip End becoming a separate civil parish within Bedfordshire.


Woodside was a hamlet in the parish of Caddington, Bedfordshire. In 1892 it became a separate ecclesiastical parish, with the new church at Woodside serving both Woodside and the neighbouring hamlet of Slip End. Woodside and Slip End remained part of the civil parish of Caddington until 2000, when the the civil parish of Slip End was created.

Research Tips

  • The hundred of Dacorum: Introduction as provided by British History Online in the Victoria County History of Hertfordshire, volume 2, pp 141-142
  • The parish of Caddington ibid, volume 2, pp 187-193
  • 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.