Place:Goldington, Bedfordshire, England

Alt namesColdentonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 29
Goldentonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 29
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.133°N 0.417°W
Located inBedfordshire, England
See alsoBarford Hundred, Bedfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Bedford Rural, Bedfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1934
Bedford, Bedfordshire, Englandmunicipal borough which absorbed part of parish in 1934
Bedford District, Bedfordshire, Englandnon-metropolitan borough covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Goldington from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"GOLDINGTON, a village and parish in the [registration] district and county of Bedford. The village stands near the river Ouse and the Bedford and Cambridge railway, 1¾ mile NE by E of Bedford; and has a post office under Bedford. The parish comprises 2,735 acres. Real property: £5,684. Population: 609. Houses: 130. The property is subdivided. A fort was anciently at Castle hill; and a priory, at Newenham. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value: £270. Patron: the Duke of Bedford. The church consists of nave and aisles, with square tower; has brasses of 1507 and 1585; and was repaired and enlarged in 1859. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, and charities £14."
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Goldington was a village which grew up along the old A428 road between Bedford and Cambridge. St. Mary's Church in Goldington has parish registers going back to 1559.

In 1934 the southern part of the parish of Goldington was merged with the expanding Bedford town, with the northern rural parts becoming part of Ravensden or Renhold. In 1974 the remainder of Goldington became part of the Borough of Bedford. The population of the modern-day "ward" of Goldington was 8,603 in 2001 and 8,662 in 2011.

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.