BIGGLESWADE is a market and union town, head of a county court district, polling place for the county, and station on the Great Northern Railway, 45 miles from London by the high road and 41 by rail, 10½ south east from Bedford, and 12 north from Hitchin, in the hundred Biggleswade, rural deanery of Shefford, archdeaconry and diocese of Ely, bordered by the river Ivel on the south, which is navigable from its junction with the Ouse at Tempsford, distant about 4 miles1.

Other places in the parish include: Holme Stratton.

Parish church: St. Andrew

Parish registers begin: 1697

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BIGGLESWADE, a town, a parish, a subdistrict, a district, and a hundred, in Beds.

The town stands in a fertile valley on the right bank of the river Ivel, adjacent to the Great Northern railway, 10½ miles ESE of Bedford, and 41 NNW of London. It was anciently called Bykleswade. It suffered destruction of 150 houses by fire in 1785; and it now contains many neat modern houses. The town hall is recent and handsome. The county courthouse also is recent.

The parish church is early English, with late chancel; was originally collegiate; and contains some very interesting brasses. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, and Methodists; a free school, with endowed income of £51; other charities, with £154; and a workhouse, erected at the cost of £4,850.

The town has a head post office, a railway station with telegraph, a banking office, and three chief inns; and is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place. A weekly market is held on Wednesday; and fairs on 14 Feb., Easter-Saturday, Whit-Monday, 2 Aug., and 8 Nov. A good trade exists in corn, timber, and coals, and is aided by the Ivel being navigable hence to the Ouse; and the manufacture of thread-lace and straw-plait is carried on. Some Roman relics, several armour-clad human skeletons, and about 300 gold coins of Henry VI. have been found in the neighbourhood. The environs are pleasant, and contain some handsome villas and mansions. Pop. of the town, 4,027. Houses, 838.

The parish includes also the hamlets of Holme and Stratton. Acres, 4,310. Real property, £14,741. Pop., 4,631. Houses, 920. The property is not much divided. At Stratton Park, about a mile SE of the town, the Cottonian Library was preserved, after being removed from Connington, in the time of the civil war.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £347.Patron, the Bishop of Ely.

The subdistrict contains the parishes of Biggleswade, Edworth, Astwick, Stotfold, Arlsey, Henlow, Clifton, Langford, Warden, Southill, Campton, Meppershall, and Upper Stondon, and the extra-parochial tracts of Chicksands Priory and Shefford-Hardwick. Acres, 31,916. Pop., 16,113. Houses, 3,102.

The district includes also the subdistrict of Potton, containing the parishes of Potton, Tempsford, Blunham, Northill, Sandy, Everton, Cockayne-Hatley, Wrestlingworth, Sutton, Eyworth, and Dunton. Acres of the district, 58,041. Poor-rates in 1866, £16,506. Pop. in 1861, 25,393. Houses, 5,021. Marriages in 1866, 180; births, 990, of which 90 were illegitimate; deaths, 641, of which 281 were at ages under 5 years, and 10 at ages above 85 years. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,694; births, 9,007; deaths, 5,244.

The places of worship in 1851 were 24 of the Church of England, with 8,674 sittings; 2 of Independents, with 506 s.; 10 of Baptists, with 3,504 s.; 11 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 2,565 s.; 1 of Primitive Methodists, with 110 s.; 1 of Latter Day Saints, with 140 s.; 1 of Roman Catholics, with 21 s.; and 2 undefined, with 350 s.

The schools were 23 public day schools, with 1,753 scholars; 23 private day schools, with 448 s.; 34 Sunday schools, with 3,529 s.; and 6 evening schools for adults, with 168 s.

The hundred contains only thirteen parishes and part of another. Acres, 27,672. Pop. 12,371. Houses, 2,488.

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

Biggleswade, on the Ivel, 45 m. N.E. London. P. 3807. Mkt., Wed.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Biggleswade, co. Bedford.

London 43 m. NNW. Bedford 10½ m. ESE. Pop. 2778. M. D. Wed. Fairs, Feb. 14 ; Sat. in East. week ; Whit. Mon.; Aug. 2 ; and Nov. 8, for all kinds of cattle.

A market-town and parish in the hundred of the same name, situate on the high north road to York, and near the river Ivel, over which there is a stone bridge.

The town is much benefited by its situation, as a great thoroughfare, and possesses excellent inns. It has a very modern appearance, owing to having been nearly all rebuilt since 1785, in consequence of a great fire which swept away 150 houses in the very centre of the place. Its immediate vicinity being particularly fertile, its corn market is deemed one of the largest in England, and its cattle fairs are almost equally celebrated. The Ivel having been rendered navigable to the Ouse, opens a water-carriage all the way to Lynn Regis, which is very convenient to the trade of this town.

The living is a dis. vicarage, exempt from visitation; being a prebend of Lincoln cathedral; valued in K. B. 10l. ; ann. val. P. R. 60l.; patron, the Bishop of Lincoln. The church, ded. to St. Andrew, is a strong and ancient edifice, the date of the erection of which is 1230. It was formerly collegiate, and several stalls are still remaining.

Here are two charity-schools, and other minor donations for the benefit of the poor inhabitants. There is little or no manufacture here, except that of thread-lace.

The parish includes the two hamlets of Stratton and Holme, and the King is the lord of it. At Stratton, in the year 1770, was discovered a yellow earthen pot, with 300 gold coins of the reign of Henry VI.

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.


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Ringsley John, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, corn factor, March 13, 1832.

Parish Registers

Biggleswade Parish Registers 1697-1812

Biggleswade Parish Registers 1697-1812 Bedfordshire parish registers by Bedfordshire (England); Emmison, F. G. (Frederick George), 1907-1995, editor –

Parish Records


England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Business records and commerce ( 2 )
The G.K. collection
Author: Bedfordshire Record Office

The records of Messrs. Hooper and Fletcher of Biggleswade, solicitors
Author: Bedfordshire Record Office

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The monumental inscriptions of St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
Author: Bedfordshire Family History Society

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

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Church records ( 8 )
Biggleswade : Wesleyan Methodist Circuit
Author: EurekA Partnership

Bishop’s transcripts for Biggleswade, 1637-1873
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Biggleswade (Bedfordshire)

Church records for Biggleswade, Wesleyan Chapel, 1837-1888
Author: Wesleyan Chapel (Biggleswade, England)

Church records, 1762-1836
Author: Baptist Church (Biggleswade, Bedfordshire); Great Britain. Public Record Office

Church records, 1799-1837
Author: Wesleyan Church (Biggleswade, England)

Church records, 1838-1897
Author: Biggleswade Circuit (Wesleyan Methodist); Hitchin Circuit (Wesleyan Methodist)

England and Wales non-conformist record indexes (RG4-8) : COLLECTION RECORD, 1588-1977
Author: Great Britain. Public Record Office

Parish registers for Biggleswade, 1697-1888
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Biggleswade (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Church records – Indexes ( 6 )
Computer printout of Biggleswade Circuit, Wesleyan, Beds., Eng

Computer printout of Biggleswade, Baptist, Beds., Eng

Computer printout of Biggleswade, Beds., Eng

Computer printout of Biggleswade, Wesleyan, Beds., Eng

England and Wales non-conformist record indexes (RG4-8) : COLLECTION RECORD, 1588-1977
Author: Great Britain. Public Record Office

Parish register printouts of Biggleswade, Bedford, England (Wesleyan) ; christenings, 1799-1837
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Court records ( 1 )
A collection of manuscripts relating to Biggleswade and district, Bedfordshire

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – History ( 3 )
Biggleswade : the history of a small market town
Author: Peck, G. C.

Biggleswade’s character and characters
Author: Webb, Mary

Old Biggleswade : a collection of photographs
Author: Biggleswade History Society

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Land and property ( 1 )
A collection of manuscripts relating to Biggleswade and district, Bedfordshire

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Manors ( 1 )
Remember your manor : Stratton Park Estate, Bibbleswade
Author: Webb, Mary

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1651-1913
Author: Manor of Biggleswade. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Parish registers for Biggleswade, 1697-1888
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Biggleswade (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Probate records ( 2 )
A collection of manuscripts relating to Biggleswade and district, Bedfordshire

Probate records, 1540-1858
Author: Church of England. Peculiar Court (Biggleswade, Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Schools ( 1 )
Biggleswade schools’ log books, 1866-1941

England, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade – Taxation ( 1 )
Land tax assessments for Biggleswade, 1797-1832
Author: Bedfordshire (England). County Council


Biggleswade Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

Kelly’s Directory of the Wine and Spirit Trades, with which are included Brewers and Maltsters 1884

Marked thus * are Small Brewers who brew the beer they sell.

Market day Wednesday

Ale & Porter Merchnts & Bottlers
Lockhart Alfd & Co Chapel fields

Brewers & Wine & Spirit Mrchnts
Wells & Co High st

Swan, John Hern

Pope William Middle wharf Shortmead st

Source: The Post office directory of the brewers and maltsters [afterw.] Kelly’s directory of the wine and spirit trades, with which are included brewers and maltsters By Kelly’s directories, ltd. 1884

The Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire 1869

BIGGLESWADE is a market and union town, head of a county court district, polling place for the county, and station on the Great Northern Railway, 45 miles from London by the high road and 41 by rail, 10½ south east from Bedford, and 12 north from Hitchin, in the hundred Biggleswade, rural deanery of Shefford, archdeaconry and diocese of Ely, bordered by the river Ivel on the south, which is navigable from its junction with the Ouse at Tempsford, distant about 4 miles.

Here are National schools for boys and girls, detached; also a British school, and an Infant school. There are places of worship for Calvinists, Baptists, and Wesleyans, with Sunday connected therewith.

The Town Hall, a most substantial building, in the Roman Doric style, was erected in 1844, at a cost of £800, by Mr W Twelvetrees, of Biggleswade, J.T. Wing Esq., of Bedford, being architect; it is used for the petty sessions and county court purposes; also for balls concerts and other amusements. The county court district comprises the following parishes:- Arlsey, Astwick, Biggleswade, Blunham, Campton, Clifton, Cockayne Hatley, Dunton, East Hatley, Edworth, Everton, Eyworth, Henlow, Langford, Meppershall, Muggerhanger, Northill, Potton, Sandy, Shefford, Southill, Stondon, Stotfold, Sutton, Tadlow, Tempsford, Warden, and Wrestlingworth.

The poor law union comprises the following places viz:- Arlsey, Astwick, Biggleswade, Blunham, Campton, Chicksands Priory, Clifton, Cockayne Hatley, Dunton, Edworth, Everton, Eyworth, Henlow, Langford, Meppershall, Muggerhanger, Northill, Potton, Sandy, Shefford, Shefford Hardwick, Southill, Stotfold, Sutton, Tempsford, Upper Stondon, Warden or Old Warden, and Wrestlingworth.

At some distance from the town a cemetery is in course of construction, the chapels to which, one for the Established Church and one for Dissenters, are elegant structures, connected by a tower with spire upwards of 90 feet in height; the ground, which is equally divided and laid out in a most beautiful manner, is enclosed on three sides by walls, and on the front by an iron railing, the whole cost being about £1,500, Messrs Ladds and Hooker, of London, being the architects, and W.E. Twelvetrees, of Biggleswade, the builder.

The market is held on Wednesdays, and there are fairs on February 14th, Saturday in Easter week, Whit Monday, August 2nd, and November the 8th, for horses and live stock.

STRATTON is a hamlet belonging to Biggleswade, and distant a mile and three quarters, chiefly the property of Charles Barnett, Esq., of Stratton Park, who is the master of the Cambridgeshire hounds.
HOLME with Holme Green, is also a small hamlet, situated one mile from Biggleswade, to which parish it belongs

Parish Clerk, Charles Sale, Stratton street

Official Establishments Local Institutions &c.

POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE, Post Office Savings Bank & Government Annuity & Insurance Office, Market place, Miss Dinah Wright, postmistress. Letters arrive at 4.5 am & 9 am from London & delivered at 7 am & 9.30 am; arrive at 8 am from Huntingdon, St Neots & Cambridge; delivered as soon as sorted; dispatched to Huntingdon, St Neots, Cambridge, & Eastern Counties at 4.55 pm; to Potton & Sandy at 10.30 am; to London at 10.45 am. The box closes at 8.45 pm but letters may be posted until 9 pm upon an additional stamp being attached thereto. Money orders granted & paid daily from 9 am to 6 pm

Atlas Fire & Life, Thomas W Spong, High street
Imperial Fire, Nodes Woodham, Hitchin street
Imperial Life, WH Barker
Law Union, Edmund Stanton, Station road
London Assurance, James Crouch Market place
National Provident, John Conquest
Norwich Union Fire, George Newbery, High street
Royal Exchange Fire & Life, William T Chapman, Stratton street
Sun Fire & Life, Frederick Conder High street

County Court, Stratton street, John Collyer esq., Hackford hall, Norwich, judge; Thomas James Hooper, Stratton street, registrar; Thomas Spicer, of Bedford, high bailiff; William Goodship, Stratton street, sub-bailiff
Town Hall, Stratton street
Union Workhouse, James Laney, master; Mrs Laney, matron; Rev Henry Buttansham M.A. chaplain; Charles Palmer Stevens, surgeon
Police Station, Station rd. George Smith, superintendent
Railway Station, (Great Northern) Station road, John Barfield station master

Chancery Commissioners, Horace Barker, Station road & William T Chapman, Stratton street
Clerk to the Biggleswade District Highway Board, Thomas James Hooper, Stratton street
Clerk to the Board of Guardians, Thomas Jas Hooper, Stratton street

Collector of Rates & Taxes, John Squires Bartlett, Shortmead street
Inland Revenue Officer, Daniel Maconochie, Potton rd
Perpetual Commissioner, William Thomas Chapman, Stratton street
Poor Law Inspector, Robert Peel
Registrar of Births Deaths & Marriages for Biggleswade District, Alfred Jelf, Henlow
Relieving Officer, John Evans Hitchin street
Secretary to the Lighting Inspectors, Horace Barker, Station road
Superintendent Registrar of Births Deaths & Marriages, Thomas Janes Hooper, Stratton street; Deputy Gilbert Haynes

St Andrew’s Church, St Andrew’s street, Rev Charles George Douton, MA vicar
Baptist Chapel, Hitchin street, Rev Philip Grifith, minister
Calvinist Chapel, Palace street, Rev Richard S Tanner, minister
Primitive Methodist Chapel, Shortmead street, ministers various
Wesleyan Chapel, Shortmead street, Rev George Barnley

Free, Station road, John Squire Bartlett, master
British (boys), Market place, Walter Browning master; (girls), St Andrew’s street, Miss Ellen Price, mistress
Infant, Back street, Miss Mary Jane Parker, mistress
National boys & girls, Station road, George Hoggen, master; Miss Laura Young, mistress

Conveyance – Omnibuses from the White Swan hotel attend all the trains & convey passengers &c to & from all parts of the town

BEDFORD – Ebenezer Dew, every wednesday & saturday at 8.30 am from Shortmead street returning in the afternoon
HITCHIN – Ebenezer Dew, every tuesday at 8.30 am from Shortmead street returning in the afternoon
ST NEOTS – Ebenezer Dew, every thursday at 8.30 am from Shortmead street returning in the afternoon
SANDY, William Andrews, daily


Ansell Mr George Hitchin street

Barker Horace Isaac esq South villa Station road
Barnett Chas esq MB Shortmead st
Bates Rev Edward MA London road
Brunt Mr John Hitchin street
Burton Mrs Shortmead street
Busby Misses Shortmead street

Carter Mrs Stratton street
Carrington Mrs Stratton street
Chapman Wm Thos esq Stratton st

Dalton Mr John Shortmead street

Edwards Mrs Shortmead street
Elstob Mrs Shortmead street

Farrington Mrs Shortmead street
Fisher Alex Predck esq Shortmead st
Foster Blyth esq Beaumont close Shortmead street

George Mrs Stratton street
Grifith Rev Philip Baptist Hitchin st

Handley Mrs Shortmead street
Handley Thomas esq Shortmead street
Holmes Mr Joseph Shortmead street
Hooper Thos James esq Stratton st
Huffer Mr James High street

Larkins Mr William Short mead street
Lindsell Lieut Col Robert Henry JP Fairfield house
Lindsell Charles Samuel esq JP Holme
Lindsell Miss Shortmead house
Lindsell Mrs Shortmead house

Maythorn Mr Charles Station road
Morton Mrs Stratton street

Newbery Mr George High street
Newbery Mr James Stratton street
Newbery Mrs Stratton street

Peacock Henry esq Sunderland farm
Pope Mr Cornelius Stratton cottage Stratton street
Pope Mr James Shortmead street
Pope William esq Middle wharf Shortmead street
Powers Mr Charles St Andrew’s
Powers Mr Charles Thomas Joel house
Powers Mr Edmund Brook house
Powers Mr E Fred Joel house
Powers Mr John Stratton cottage Stratton street

Race George exq Road farm
Randall Mr William The Balk
Robarts Mrs Shortmead street
Robarts Mr Walter Station road

Stevens Charles Palmer esq High st

Thompson John esq Manor house Shortmead street

Weale Robert esq The Elms
Weston Mrs High street
Whitley Henry Jackson esq Holme
Wright Miss London road
Wright Mrs Shortmead street

Young Francis esq Shortmead street


Albone Edith Ongley Arms & market gardener Shortmead st
Allen Mary Ann Mrs dining rooms St Andrew’s place
Arnold John beer retailer & market gardener Stratton st
Ayres Thomas wholesale & retail agricultural & horticultural secd merchant High street

Bailey Ezra beer retailer Rose lane
Bailey William Anchor Sun street
Baldock & Biggleswade Bank (Wells Hogge & Lindsell), head office (George Newbery manager) High street, draw on Barnetts, Hoares, Hanburys, & Lloyd, London
Banks Ann Maria Mrs day school Potton road
Barber Cornelius boot & shoe maker Stratton street
Barber Ebenezer boot & shoe maker Hitchin street
Barker Charles market gardener Shortmead street
Barker Horace Isaac solicitor secretary to the lighting inspectors & chancery commissioner vestry clerk & clerk to the burial board Station road
Barnett Charles MB surgeon Shortmead street
Barratt Thomas baker Potton road
Barton Martha Mrs beer retailer Holme
Batson James plait dealer Hitchin street
Bennett Cornelius baker Hitchin street
Benson Samuel builder Shortmead street
Berry Robert & Thomas butchers Hitchin street
Berry Samuel Blue Ball & plumber & glazier Shortmead st
Blunden Elizabeth & Ann Misses ladies school High st
Bond James grocer & poulterer High street
Bond John baker Hitchin street
Bond Thomas greengrocer Shortmead street
Boness James boot & shoe maker Mill lane
Bottoms Eliza Mrs stay maker Shortmead street
Bridge Thomas boot & shoe maker Potton road
Brookbanks John market gardener Potton road
Brookbanks Josiah market gardener Potton road
Broom John shopkeeper Shortmead street
Brown Sarah Mrs dress maker Palace street
Brown William farmer Sunderland

Caborn Reuben wholesale & retail chemist & druggist oil & color man proprietor of the sheep & lamb dipping composition High street
Carrington John shopkeeper Stratton street
Cartwright Charles beer retailer Sun street
Cartwright James gardener Potton road
Chambers John Mrs ‘Yorkshire Grey’ & market gardener London road
Chapman Henry boot & shoe maker Hitchin street
Chapman Sarah Mrs dress maker Shortmead street
Chapman William Thomas solicitor, solicitor to the Gas company, solicitor to the Biggleswade Association for the Prosecution of Felons, master extraordinary in chancery, perpetual commissioner, commissioner for taking affidavits & agent for the Royal Exchange Fire & Life Insurance Company Stratton street
Chesham Richard beer retailer & fruiterer Stratton street
Chesham Samuel beer retailer Cowfair lands
Chew Ebenezer boot & shoe warehouse & grocer High st
Chew Ebenezer leather seller Shortmead street
Clarke John Henry Royal Oak Sun street
Cobb Martha Mrs laundress Mill lane
Cocking Samuel market gardener Potton road
Conden & Son auctioneers & estate agents High street
Conquest Frederick William grammar school Mead house Shortmead street
Cook John road surveyor Hitchin street
Cooper George basket maker Shortmead street
Cooper George boot & shoe maker Sun street
Cooper Thomas Half Moon Sbortmead street
Cousins William confectioner High street
Course Thomas millwright Hitchin street
Crouch & Robarts Misses ladies school Stratton street
Crouch George baker Hitchin street
Crouch James linen & woollen draper & agent to the London Fire & Life Assurance Co Market place

Dalton James baker Shortmead street
Dalton Jane Mrs grocer Shortmead street
Dalton Matthew shoe maker Shortmead street
Daniels George market gardener Potton road
Daniels George jun market gardener Hitchin street
Daniels James market gardener London road
Daniels Jesse market gardener Potton road
Daulley Daniel builder Hitchin street
Davison Robert Nichols draper & clothier High street
Day Ebenezer boot & shoe maker St Andrew’s street
Dean Edmund tailor Shortmead street
Dean Sarah Miss dress maker Back street
Dear Edmund tailor Shortmead street
Dew Ebenezer beer retailer Shortmead street
Dew Thomas boot & shoe maker Shortmead street
Dickins Lewis beer retailer bricklayer & shopkpr Potton rd
Dilley Eliza Mrs market gardener Stratton street
Docwra Moniford brewer & maltster Shortmead street
Dodimead Jas upholsterer & cabinet maker Shortmead st

Edwards Samuel market gardener Potton road
Ebsworth James Adains clothier & grocer Stratton street
Evans John relieving officer Hitchin street

Farmer Francis basket maker High street
Farrington Joseph wholesale shoe manufacturer & currier Shortmead street
Feltwell John cooper Palace street
Field Henry beer retailer Shortmead street
Field William carpenter & builder Shortmead street
Fields William plait dealer Hitchin street
Filtwell James & Charles coopers Palace street
Fisher Alexander Frederick surgeon Shortmead street
Fox Charles boot & shoe maker Sun street
Franklin Henry Mrs coal mercht Railway st & at Hitchin
Fuller Mary Ann Mrs laundress Shortmead street

Garner William & Ezra steam flour mills Hitchin street
Garner William & Sons builders Hitchin street
Garner Edmund market gardener Stratton street
Gee Frederick seedsman & fruiterer Hitchin street
Goldthorpe William brazier Stratton street
Goodship William beer retailer & sub bailiff of county court St Andrew’s place
Grand Joseph butcher Sun street

Hall Daniel White Lion London road
Hall James marine store dealer Hitchin street
Hall John shopkeeper Palace street
Handley Thomas architect & surveyor Shortmead street
Handley Thomas Mrs grocer & draper Shortmead street
Handscomb Fredk Wm draper milliner & hatter High street
Harper William tailor Stratton street
Hawkins William market gardener Potton road
Haynes Mary Miss milliner & dress maker Shortmead st
Heath Thos Wm grocer & tallow chandler Shortmead st
Henshaw Henry corn dealer High street
Hide John boot & shoe maker Mill lane
Holland Robert White Horse Shortmead street
Holmes George beer retailer Hitchin street
Holmes Mrs milliner & dress maker Shortmead street
Holmes Thomas beer retailer Hitchin street
Hooper Thomas James solicitor & superintendent registrar of births deaths & marriages for Biggleswade district Stratton street
Howe James stone mason High street
Huckle Charles boot & shoe maker furniture dealer & dresser Market place
Huckle James beer retailer Cowfair lands
Humberstone Elizabeth Mrs White Hart High street
Hunt John Francis printer stationer & news agent High st

Illsley Christopher market gardener Shortmead street
Illsley Samuel Taylor beer retailer Palace street

Jackson Henry rope & twine maker Potton road
Jefferies John Robert clock & watch ma & jeweller High st
Jones Oliver chemist & druggist Shortmead street

Kay John brewer & maltster & manager to Messrs Wells Hogge & Lindsell brewers High street
Keep Wm Allden tailor woollen draper & hatter Shortmead st
Kimpton Henry butcher Shortmead street
King Josiah farmer Langford road
Kingsley & Docwra beer retailers Shortmead street
Kitchener William baker Sun street

Lant Samuel bricklayer Shortmead street
Larkins William blacksmith Rose lane
Larkinson William earthenware dealer Palace street
Leake John saddler & harness maker Shortmead street
Lenton John Chequers Potton road
Lisney Samuel draper Shortmead street & at Potton
London & County Bank (sub branch) (James Neal, manager) (open on wednesday & saturday), High street; draw on head office London ec
Luck John tailor & draper Stratton street
Lupton Annette Mrs fancy repository High street

Mackaness Charles plumber painter glazier & paper hanger Shortmead street
Maconochie Daniel inland revenue officer Potton road
Maddans William grocer & tea dealer wine & spirit merchant & agent to the Royal Farmers & Commercial Union Fire & Life Insurance Company High street
Malden & Son agricultural seedsmen Shortmead street
Marriott Thomas Mrs corn flour hay & straw merchant Shortmead street
Marsom Samuel George market gardener Potton road
Marsom Thomas market gardener Hitchin street
Marson Frederick Horse & Jockey & market gardener Sun street
Marson Lucy Mrs Crown commercial inn & posting house & carrier to the Great Northern Railway High st
Maythorn John coach builder & harness maker & manufacturer of Maythorn’s improved miniature broughams & miniature landau sociable High street

Maythorn Carriages

Medlock William Alexander shoe maker Sun street
Melrose James fishmonger fruiterer & dealer in game High st
Mickley George carrier & tanner Shortmead street
Millington John furniture broker Hitchin street
Morton & Kinman wholesale & retail ironmongers iron & brass founders oil & color men sack manufacturers & agricultural implement & machine manufrs Market place
Mosely George beer retailer shoe maker & shopkeeper Cowfair lands
Mosely Isaac boot & shoe maker Shortmead street

Newbery Edward carpenter & undertaker Stratton street
Newbery Geo agent to Norwich Union Fire Office High st Newman George gardener Sun street
Newman George tailor Shortmead street
Newman John gardener Sun street
Norman James beer retailer Stratton street

Odell John farmer London road
Owen Thomas veterinary surgeon St Andrew’s place

Page William greengrocer Hitchin street
Partridge John painter plumber & glazier Shortmead st
Patrick Walter bricklayer Sun street
Peacock Henry farmer Sunderlands farm
Pepper George Catherine Wheel & clock & watch maker High street
Phipps Robert wheelwright Shortmead street
Pope William corn & timber merchant The Wharf Shortmead street
Powers & Sons millers Biggleswade Holme Stanford & Langford mills
Powers Charles miller South mills St Andrew’s street & at Tempsford
Powers George miller Holme mill
Powers Thomas ironmonger dealer in china glass & earthenware High street

Randall Edwin Mrs grocer Sun street
Randall George Red Lion Stratton street
Randall William hair dresser Shortmead street
Randall William market gardener East cottage
Reed Eleanor Mrs milliner & dress maker High street
Reed Jabez beer retailer Hitchin street
Reed John paper hanger upholsterer & cabinet maker High st
Richardson Alfred brewer & cooper St Andrew’s place
Robarts & Sons grocers & provision merchants dealers in british & foreign wines High street
Robarts John grocer & cabinet maker Hitchin street
Robarts Walter butcher & farmer Stratton street
Rowlett Sarah Mrs beer retailer Short mead street
Rutherford Henry travelling draper Hitchin street
Ryland John Benjamin grocer & draper High street

Sale Francis boot & shoe maker Stratton street
Sanderson Albert baker Stratton street
Sandon John & Edward plumbers & glaziers & painters High st
Sandon Edward Rose commercial inn Stratton street
Scales David shopkeeper Potton road
Seabrook William beer retailer Hitchin street
Sheffield William tailor Shortmead street
Shenton & Co nurserymen florist & seedsmen Botanic nurseries London road
Sloper Jane Mrs straw bonnet maker High street
Smith Eliza Mrs straw bonnet maker Shortmead street
Smith Geo superintendent of police Police station Station rd
Spong Thomas Willsdon chemist & druggist oil & color man bookseller & printer dealer in foreign & british wines manufacturer of preparation for dipping sheep agent for Down’s Farmers friend sole agent for W & A Gilbey wine merchants & agent to the Atlas Fire & Life Insurance Co High street
Squires Henry butcher Hitchin street
Stacey John boot & shoe maker Stratton street
Stanton Edmund agent to the Law Union Insurance Co Station road
Stevens Charles Palmer surgeon High street
Stokes William shopkeeper & market gardener Sun street
Stokes William jun hair dresser Sun street
Stonebridge William beer retailer Palace street
Storton George beer retailer Palace street
Stoton Isaac tailor Shortmead street
Stoton Wm beer retailer & market gardener Hitchin street
Swepston John chimney sweeper Cowfair lands
Swinscoe Richard boot & shoe maker Hitchin street

Tarrant Alfred White Swan commercial inn & inland revenue office booking office for the Gt Northern Railway Co High street
Taylor Elisha coal dealer Sun street
Taylor Frederick engineer & agricultural implement maker engines & machines let for hire High street
Taylor Richard Black Bear Hitchin street
Taylor Samuel saddler & harness maker & dealer in pointers & setters High street
Taylor Samuel varnish maker Palace street
Tebbutt John William printer bookbinder & stationer bookseller & news agent hair dresser & perfumer Shortmead street
Thompson George beer retailer Potton road
Thompson James beer retailer & market gardener Sun st
Thompson John surgeon Manor house Shortmead street
Thompson Wm Two Brewers & market gardener Hitchin st
Tilcock John draper High street
Tingey James boot & shoe maker Cowfair lands
Tomlinson John market gardener & pig dealer Sun street
Turner William baker Stratton street
Turney Henry grocer High street
Twelvetrees Edward architect & builder Stratton street
Twelvetrees Robert baker Stratton street

Wade John greengrocer Shortmead street
Walker Richard market gardener Cowfair lands
Wand Henry tailor Hitchin street
Warren Charles plumber & glazier Hitchin street
Warren Thomas beer retailer Stratton street
Watts John Edwin butcher Shortmead street
Watts Thomas Henry Coach & Horses & cabinet maker Shortmead street
Watts William grocer Shortmead street
Webb James shoe maker Rose terrace
Wells Hogge & Lindsell bankers & brewers High street
Wells Frederick beer retailer Mill lane
Wells George basket maker Hitchin street
West John baker Shortmead street
Weston James brewer Shortmead street
Wheeler Richard beer retailer Hitchin street
White Frederick brazier & ironmonger Shortmead street
Wiles William coal dealer Palace street
Wilson William cooper & wheelwright Hitchin street
Winch James general dealer Shortmead street
Winters George farmer Stratton
Woodford Robert shopkeeper & builder Shortmead street
Woodham Nodes market gardener Hitchin street
Woods Elizabeth Mrs market gardener Cowfair lands
Woodward Isaac gardener Shortmead street
Woodward William Black Swan Shortmead street
Wren Walter fishmonger & beer retailer High street
Wright James New inn High street

Young David market gardener Palace street
Young Francis surgeon Shortmead street

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


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  • County: Bedfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Biggleswade
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of Biggleswade
  • Diocese: Pre-1837 – Lincoln, Post-1836 – Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1852 – None, Post – 1851 – Shefford
  • Poor Law Union: Biggleswade
  • Hundred: Biggleswade
  • 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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