The County of Bedfordshire

Churches

The Architecture of Churches in Bedfordshire in 1848

Bedford Prison. The old gate house to Bedford Prison. The copyright on this image is owned by Dennis simpson and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Gaols and Houses of Correction

The County Gaol and House of Correction is situated at Bedford; it was rebuilt in 1849 upon the principle of the model prisons, so as to carry out the separate and silent system; there are 176 cells for males, and 8 for females; the governor’s and turnkey’s houses are attached; the cost of the building was about £23,000. The visiting justices meet weekly to transact the general and financial business of the prison. Robert Evan Roberts, governor; Mrs. E. Maria Anderson, matron; Rev. George Maclear, M.A., chaplain; Robert Couchman, surgeon1.

Gazetteers

Bedfordshire The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Hospitals

Fairfield Hospital photographed at its opening in 1860

The Three Counties Lunatic Asylum (Beds, Hunts, and Herts), situated in the parish of Stotfold, is a very extensive and elegant building; it contains over 500 inmates: — William Denne, Esq., F.R.C.S., L.S.A., medical superintendent; Rev. James Acton Butt, M.A., chaplain; George Mickley, M.В., assistant medical officer; John Barnes, steward; Mrs. Lucy Denne, matron; George Francis Butler, Esq., clerk to committee of visitors; and Thomas Lester, clerk to the asylum2.

Hundreds

Bedfordshire was divided into nine hundreds:

  • Barford
    Biggleswade
  • Clifton
  • Flitt
  • Manshead
  • Redbornstoke
  • Stodden
  • Willey
  • Wixamtree

The Borough of Bedford contained the parishes of:

  • St. Cuthbert
  • St. John
  • St. Mary
  • St. Paul
  • St. Peter
More about the hundreds of Bedfordshire.

Poor Law & Poor Law Unions

Bedfordshire was divided into six Poor Law Unions:

  • Ampthill Poor Law Union
  • Bedford Poor Law Union
  • Biggleswade Poor Law Union
  • Leighton Buzzard Poor Law Union
  • Luton Poor Law Union
  • Woburn Poor Law Union

Photo Credits

Bedford Prison The old gate house to Bedford Prison. The copyright on this image is owned by Dennis simpson and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Sources


  1. Post Office Directory of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire; E. R. Kelly; Kelly & Co., London. 1869.  [return]
  2. Post Office Directory of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire; E. R. Kelly; Kelly & Co., London. 1869. [return]