Place:Swineshead, Bedfordshire, England

Alt namesSuineshefetsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 30
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.267°N 0.45°W
Located inBedfordshire, England     (1888 - )
Also located inHuntingdonshire, England     ( - 1888)
See alsoLeightonstone Hundred, Huntingdonshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Eaton Socon Rural, Bedfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1934
Bedford Rural, Bedfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1934-1974
Bedford District, Bedfordshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Swineshead is a civil parish in the Borough of Bedford in the county of Bedfordshire, England. The ancient parish was an exclave of the county of Huntingdonshire, and surrounded by Bedfordshire, until 1888 or 1896, when it was transferred to Bedfordshire. The parish was part of Eaton Socon Rural District from 1896 to 1934, and then became part of Bedford Rural District until 1974.

Swineshead has always been a small parish in terms of population. Over the past 200 years the highest recorded year was 1851 with 267 inhabitants. Since then it has dropped to 160 in 1901 and 122 in 2011.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Swineshead.

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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