Astwick Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Astwick is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Parish church: St Guthlac

Parish registers begin: 1564

Parishes adjacent to Astwick

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASTWICK, a parish in Biggleswade district, Beds; on the river Ivel, 2½ miles ENE of Arlesey r. station, and 4 N by W of Baldock. Post Town, Arlesey under Baldock. Acres, 570. Real property, £1,117. Pop., 64. Houses, 14. The property is not much divided. The living is a rectory annexed to the vicarage of Arlesey, in the diocese of Ely. The church is good.

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

Astwick, 4 m. S. E. Biggleswade. P. 84

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Astwick, a parish in the hund. and union of Biggleswade, county of Bedford; 5 miles south-south-east from Biggleswade. Living, a rectory formerly in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln, now in the dio. of Ely; rated at £6 13s. 4d., and in connection with the vicarage of Arlsey. Great and small tithes, the property of the clerical rector, commuted in 1804. Pop., in 1801, 81 ; in 1831, 97. Houses 14. Acres 570. A. P. £711. Poor rates, in 1837, £46

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

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Astwick, co. Bedford.

P. T. Biggleswade (45) 5 m. SSE. Pop. 99.

A parish in the hundred of Biggleswade; living, a rectory, with Arlesey, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln; charged in K. B. 6l. 13s. 4d.; church ded. to St. Guthlake; patronage with Arlesey vicarage.

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.

Astwick Schools 1818

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

Schools - None.

Sunday Schools - None.

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

Notes - Return signed by J. Atkinson, rector.

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Census returns for Astwick, 1841-1891 Author: Great Britain. Census Office

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Astwick, 1602-1866 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Astwick (Bedfordshire)

Churchwardens accounts, 1836-1916 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Astwick (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Astwick, 1565-1982 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Astwick (Bedfordshire)

Computer printout of Astwick, Bedfordshire, England


Monumental inscriptions in the parish of St. Guthlac, Astwick, 1657-1981 Author: Boatwright, Patricia


Land tax assessments for Astwick, 1797-1949 Author: Bedfordshire (England). County Council


Astwick Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914


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