ASPLEY GUISE is a parish and well built village, a mile and a half from the Woburn Sands station of the London and North Western Railway, 52½ from London by rail, and 44 by road, 2 north by west from Woburn and 12 south west from Bedford, in the hundred of Manshead, union of Woburn, county court district of Leighton Buzzard, rural deanery of East Fleete, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely1.

Status: Ancient parish.

Parish church: St Botolph; St Peter
The church was for some time called St Botolph, but in the late restoration it was re named in honour of St Peter, as it was found in restoring the old vane that it had on it a representation of the Apostle.

Parish registers begin: 1563

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASPLEY-GUISE, a parish in Woburn district, Beds; 1½ mile WNW of Ridgemount r. station, and 2 N of Woburn. It has a post office under Woburn; and formerly had a market. Acres, 1,936. Real property, £4,815. Pop., 1,437. Houses, 324. The property is sub-divided. The manor belonged anciently to the Guises. Aspley House and Aspley Guise House are chief residences. Aspley Heath and Aspley Wood give fine views. Fuller’s earth occurs. The living is a rec tory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £325. Patron, the Duke of Bedford. The church is elegant; and a new church and three dissenting chapels are at Woburn-Sands.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Aspley Guise, 2 m. N.E. Woburn. P. 1139

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ASPLEY-GUISE (St. Botolph), a parish, in the union of Woburn, hundred of Manshead, county of Bedford, 2¼ miles (N. by W.) from Woburn; containing 1139 inhabitants.

It comprises by measurement 2033 acres, of which 1953 are arable, and the remainder woodland, plantations, and heath; the prevailing timber is elm, and the plantations chiefly fir. The inhabitants obtained in 1267 the grant of a market to be held on Friday, and a fair on June 17th; but both have been long discontinued.

The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £15. 16. 10½.; net income, £215; patron, the Duke of Bedford. The tithes were commuted for 85 acres of land, and an annual payment of £60, in 1760. The church contains several ancient and interesting monuments, among which are an altar-tomb with the effigy of Sir Edward Sadlier in chain armour, and another with an effigy in brass of one of the family of Guise.

There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Aspley-Guise, a parish in the hund. of Manshead, union of Woburn, county of Bedford; 2 miles north by west from Woburn. Living, a rectory, formerly in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln, now in the dio. of Ely; rated at £15 16s. 10½d. ; gross income £215. Patron, in 1835, the duke of Bedford. All tithes, moduses, &c., the property of the clerical rector, were commuted in 1760.

There is a Wesleyan Methodist chapel here. A daily school was begun in 1833; there is also a boarding school for boys.

A small portion of this parish stretches into Buckinghamshire. Pop., in 1801, 679; in 1831, 1,014. Houses 196. Acres 1,960. A. P. £2,544. Poor rates, in 1837, £281.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Aspley-Guise, co. Bedford.

P. T. Woburn (41) 2 m. N b W. Pop. 848.

A parish in the hundred of Manshead; living, a rectory in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln; charged in K. B. 15l. 16s. 10½d.; church ded. to St. Botolph; patron (1829) Duke of Bedford. Fullers earth is produced in this parish, and there is also a spring to which petrifying qualities are ascribed.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. I; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Aspley Guise Schools

1818 Digest of Returns to Circular Letter from the Select Committee on Education of the Poor, &c.

Un-Endowed Day Schools   Un-Endowed Day Schools  
Number Children Number Children
1 90

Schools – none.

Sunday Schools – A Sunday school, supported by voluntary contributions, in which 60 girls and 30 boys are instructed; and a classical and commercial school.

Observations – The poorer classes are desirous of having the means of education.

Notes – Return signed by Thomas Farmer, rector.

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Census

Census returns for Aspley-Guise and Aspley-Heath, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Aspley-Guise, 1603-1868

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1820-1904

England, Somerset, Radstock, Primitive Methodist Circuit, Church records, 1843-1907

Parish register of Aspley Guise, 1563-1812

Parish registers for Aspley-Guise, 1563-1976

Parish registers for Woburn-Sands, 1868-1976

Computer printout of Aspley Guise, Beds., Eng

Parish register printouts of Aspley-Guise, Bedford, England ; christenings, 1563-1705 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Aspley-Guise, Bedford, England ; christenings, 1775-1865 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Aspley-Guise, Bedford, England ; marriages, 1755-1880 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Cemeteries

The monumental inscriptions of St. Botolph, Aspley Guise (new churchyard), Bedfordshire, 1795-1910 – Matthews, A. Weight (Arthur Weight), 1865-1937; Bedfordshire Family History Society; Church of England. Parish Church of Aspley-Guise (Bedfordshire)

The monumental inscriptions of St. Botolph, Aspley-Guise (old churchyard), Bedfordshire, 1766-1895 – Matthews, A. Weight (Arthur Weight), 1865-1937; Bedfordshire Family History Society; Church of England. Parish Church of Aspley-Guise (Bedfordshire)

Genealogy

Papers of the How family of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire

Land and Property

Documents pertaining to the Sadleir and Moody families of Aspley Guise 

Documents pertaining to the Sadlier and Moody families

Court Records

Court records, 1592-1910

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1820-1904

Parish registers for Aspley-Guise, 1563-1976

Schools

Aspley Guise, school log books, 1864-1927 – Aspley Guise Board School; Aspley Guise National School

Taxation

Land tax assessments for Aspley-Guise, 1797-1946

Poll Books

Aspley Guise Poll Book 1859 – Google Books

Directories

Aspley Guise Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

The Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire 1869

ASPLEY GUISE is a parish and well built village, a mile and a half from the Woburn Sands station of the London and North Western Railway, 52½ from London by rail, and 44 by road, 2 north by west from Woburn and 12 south west from Bedford, in the hundred of Manshead, union of Woburn, county court district of Leighton Buzzard, rural deanery of East Fleete, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely

There are National and British schools; also a Wesleyan and a Primitive Methodist chapel. Aspley school, of rather ancient date, has been revived by Dr Henry Lovell, formerly of Winslow Hall and Mannheim, and about fifty resident pupils, sons of gentlemen, are prepared for the universities and public schools.

The new ecclesiastical parish of Woburn Sands has been formed partly out of this parish and partly out of Wavendon, Bucks.

Parish Clerk William Bacchus

Post Office – John Shemeld, receiver. Letters arrive from Woburn at 7 am; box closes at 5.40 pm & on sundays at 10.10 am. Woburn is the nearest money order office
SCHOOLS:-
National, William James Wall, master; Mrs W.J. Wall, mistress
British, John Palmer, master
CARRIER – George Paternoster, to Leighton & Woburn, tuesday; to Woburn Dunstable & Luton monday; to Newport wednesday & saturday

PRIVATE RESIDENTS

Ardley Mr William
Arliss Mrs
Atterbury Mrs

Bird Mrs
Blackden John Chalfont esq JP The Cottage

Erskine Mrs

Forester Lieut-Col Cecil William, Westridge

Guise Mrs

Harbert Miss
How Mrs The Avenue

Jackson Mrs

Letchworth Mrs The Avenue
Lovell Henry esq DCL Aspley school

Mahon Mrs The Mount
Moore Miss

Pain Misses
Parker Carlisle Spedding esq JP The Rookery
Parker Miss
Percival Mrs

Robinson John esq

Smith Charles Hervey esq JP Aspley house
Smith Mrs
Stevens Robert esq

Tattam Miss
Trew Thomas Newland MD LSA

COMMERCIAL

Adkins Ann Mrs landowner & farmer

Bailey Robert Weathercock
Beasley Williain wheelwright
Benbow William blacksmith
Billington John watch maker
Britten James Wheatsheaf
Bunyan George plumber

Cave Joseph grocer
Collins James beer retailer
Cook George shopkeeper
Cook Joseph shopkeeper
Cox John & Son beer retailers & horse breakers

Davids Samuel shopkeeper
Day George boot & shoe maker
Douglas Summers landowner & farmer
Durrant Henry miller

Everitt George cattle dealer

Featherstonehaugh John rope maker
Field William cutler & bird dealer
Fisher George beer retailer
Fryer Henry baker

Garner George beer retailer
Gilbert William Francis farmer
Goodman George shopkeeper
Goodhall John timber merchant
Green William grocer & draper

Handscomb George beer retailer
Handscomb William nurseryman

Hewlatt John carpenter
Hirdle William builder
Hobbs Edmund farmer
Hobbs George saddler
Holmes Frederick Mrs coal merchant brick maker & farmer
Hopkins George shopkeeper
Hudson Thomas grocer
Hutton Frederick bricklayer

Jackson Benjamin farmer
Jenkins Joseph straw bonnet manufctr

Konow Charles Bell inn & posting ho

Large John shoe maker
Lovell Henry DCL Collegiate school

Paternoster George grocer
Pickering Thomas butcher

Read Edward blacksmith
Rosson William beer retailer
Rutley Thomas carpenter

Scrivener George butcher
Shemeld John painter & postmaster

Tompkins John draper

Trew Thomas Newland MD LSA surgeon
Turney & Sons wholesale & retail grocers & provision dealers dealers in foreign & british wines

Whitlock Frederick chimney sweeper
Whitman George tailor & hatter
Woodin Dennis shoe warehouse

Source: The Post office directory of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire By Kelly’s directories, ltd 1869

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Administration

  • County: Bedfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Woburn
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Bedford
  • Diocese: Post-1836 – Ely, Pre-1837 – Lincoln
  • Rural Deanery: Fleete
  • Poor Law Union: Woburn
  • Hundred: Manshead
  • Province: Canterbury
Footnotes

1. The Post office directory of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire By Kelly’s directories, ltd 1869

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