BIDDENHAM is a small and pleasant village and parish, almost surrounded by the river Ouse, distant 2 miles west from Bedford, 8 north from Ampthill, and 13 south from Higham Ferrers, in the hundred of Willey, union and county court district of Bedford, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely1.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1663
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BIDDENHAM, a parish in the district and county. of Bedford; on the river Ouse, 2 miles W of Bedford r. station. It has a post-office under Bedford. Acres, 1,760. Real property, £2,752. Pop., 350. Houses, 71. The property is divided among a few. The living is a Vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £100. Patron, Lord Dynevor. The church is Norman, in good condition

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Biddenham, a parish in the hund. of Willey, union and county of Bedford; 2 miles west of Bedford. Living, a discharged vicarage, formerly in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln, now in the dio. of Ely; valued at £8; gross income £100. Patron, in 1835, the honourable G. R. Trevor. There are three daily schools here, principally for lace-making, and two Sunday schools. Charities connected with the parish produce £15 per annum. Pop., in 1801, 252; in 1831, 369. Houses 59. Acres 1,760. A.P. £1,933. Poor rates, in 1837, £158.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Biddenham, 2 m. W. Bedford. P. 345

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

Biddenham A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Biddenham, co. Bedford.

P.T. Bedford (50) 2 m. W. Pop. 393.

A parish in the hundred of Willey; living, a dis. vicarage in the archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Lincoln; valued in K. B. 8 l.; church ded. to St. James.

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

Parish Registers

Biddenham Parish Registers 1602 – 1812

Biddenham Parish Registers 1602 – 1812 Bedfordshire parish registers by Bedfordshire (England); Emmison, F. G. (Frederick George), 1907-1995, editor – Archive.org

Parish Records

FamilySearch

England, Bedfordshire, Biddenham – Cemeteries ( 1 )
Monumental inscriptions in the parish of St.James, Biddenham
Author: Bedfordshire Family History Society; Boatwright, Patricia; Gambier, Royston F.

England, Bedfordshire, Biddenham – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Biddenham, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Bedfordshire, Biddenham – Church records ( 4 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Biddenham, 1602-1866
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Biddenham (Bedfordshire)

Constable accounts, overseer accounts, indemnity and bastardy, and surveyors’ accounts and charities, 1646-1868
Author: Biddenham (Bedfordshire); Church of England. Parish Church of Biddenham (Bedfordshire)

Marriage licenses, 1769-1770
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Biddenham (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Biddenham, 1663-1969
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Biddenham (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Biddenham – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Computer printout of Biddenham, Beds., Eng

England, Bedfordshire, Biddenham – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1364-1655
Author: Manor of Biddenham. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Biddenham – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Constable accounts, overseer accounts, indemnity and bastardy, and surveyors’ accounts and charities, 1646-1868
Author: Biddenham (Bedfordshire); Church of England. Parish Church of Biddenham (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Biddenham – Schools ( 1 )
Log books, 1873-1936
Author: Biddenham Elementary School (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Biddenham – Taxation ( 1 )
Land tax assessments for Biddenham, 1797-1949
Author: Bedfordshire (England). County Council

Directories

Biddenham Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

The Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire 1869

BIDDENHAM is a small and pleasant village and parish, almost surrounded by the river Ouse, distant 2 miles west from Bedford, 8 north from Ampthill, and 13 south from Higham Ferrers, in the hundred of Willey, union and county court district of Bedford, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely.

Parish Clerk Charles West

Post Office – Miss Green, postmistress. Letters received through Bedford, arrive al 6.40 am; dispatched at 5.55 pm. The nearest money order office is at Bedford

National School Miss, Green mistress

Robe Capt John William
Wood Rev Henry MA Vicarage

COMMERCIAL

Bayes James shopkeeper

Clifton Thomas & Sons farmers

Davis Jane Mrs Three Tuns

Felts James baker & shopkeeper
Felts John butcher
Frossell James grazier

Golding William farmer & land agent
Green Samuel shoe maker

Howard Charles farmer

Johnson William vermin destroyer

Lavender Lydia Mrs farmer
Lavender William farmer

Manning William farmer

Robinson Philip cowkeeper

Smith James market gardener
Summerlin Frederick blacksmith

West Thomas dairyman

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

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OS Grid ReferenceTL0229050245 (all-numeric format: 502290 250245)

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Administration

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

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

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