Place:Hyde, Bedfordshire, England

Alt namesThe Hydesource: alternate name for parish
East Hydesource: hamlet in parish
West Hydesource: hamlet in parish
Chiltern Greensource: hamlet in parish
New Mill Endsource: hamlet in parish
TypeHamlet, Civil parish
Coordinates51.845°N 0.367°W
Located inBedfordshire, England
See alsoLuton, Bedfordshire, Englandancient parish in which it was located
Flitt Hundred, Bedfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Luton Rural, Bedfordshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1896-1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Hyde (also known as The Hyde) is a civil parish in the county of Bedfordshire, England. It lies just southeast of Luton.

Most of the land to the west of the River Lea is occupied by the Luton Hoo estate, which includes West Hyde. To the east of the river, the parish contains the ruins of Someries Castle and the hamlets of Chiltern Green, East Hyde and New Mill End.

In 1896 it became part of the Luton Rural District where it remained although between 1928 and 1939 sections of the parish were absorbed back into Luton. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

Hyde was served by two railway stations, Luton Hoo and Chiltern Green, but these have since closed.

West Hyde

West Hyde is now a hamlet in the civil parish of Hyde in the south of Bedfordshire. Until the creation of Hyde parish in 1896 it was part of the ancient parish of Luton. The village was essentially an estate village for workers on the Luton Hoo estate.

East Hyde

East Hyde is a hamlet in the south of the county of Bedfordshire. It was part of the ancient parish of Luton until 1896, when it became part of the newly created civil parish of Hyde. East Hyde is the largest hamlet in Hyde, and contains the parish's church of Holy Trinity.

Holy Trinity Church was built as a chapel to St Mary's Church in Luton. Its registers date from 1842 and are held by Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service.

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.