Place:Studham, Bedfordshire, England

Alt namesHolywellsource: hamlet in parish
Barwythe Hallsource: manor house in parish
Estodhamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 30
Coordinates51.833°N 0.527°W
Located inBedfordshire, England
Also located inHertfordshire, England     ( - 1897)
See alsoDacorum Hundred, Hertfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was part located
Manshead Hundred, Bedfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was part located
Studham Rural, Hertfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was part located 1894-1897
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Studham is a village and civil parish now in the county of Bedfordshire, England. In the census of 2001 it had a population of 1,127. The parish bounds are the Buckinghamshire border on the south and the Hertfordshire border on the east. The village lies in the wooded south facing dip slope of the Chiltern Hills. The hamlet of Holywell is located to the north of Studham, and is within the civil parish.

In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as Estodham. Studham's church celebrated its millennium in 1997.

The ancient parish of Studham straddled the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire border. In 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894, the parish was partitioned into two parts, one on each side of the county border. They were re-united as a single parish, when the Hertfordshire section was transferred to Bedfordshire, in 1897.

The village still retains substantial common land that was not lost as a result of the Inclosure Acts. Barwythe Hall is a house and former manor in the parish of Studham, Bedfordshire.

Astwick and Humbershoe were both noted by A Vision of Britain through Time as being parts of the original ancient parish of Studham. They have been treated separately in WeRelate.

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.
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