Bletsoe is an Ancient Parish in the hundred of Willey and county of Bedfordshire.

The petty sessions for the hundred of Barford, Stodden, and Willey, were occasionally held here.

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1582
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BLETSOE, a parish in the district and county of Bedford; on the river Ouse, and on the Midland railway, 1½ mile SSE of Sharnbrook r. station, and 6 NNW of Bedford. It has a post office under Bedford. Acres, 2,239. Real property, £4,021. Pop., 412. Houses, 80. The property is all in one estate; and belonged once to the Pateshulls and the Beauchamps. An old castle, now a farmhouse, was the seat of the ancestors of Lord St. John of Bletsoe. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £316. Patron, Lord St. John. The church contains tombs of the St. John family and of Frances Countess of Bolingbroke. Charities, £13.

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

Bletsoe, 6 m. N. Bedford. P. 420.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Bletsoe, co. Bedford.

P. T. Bedford (50) 6½ m. NNW. Pop. 383.

A parish in the hundred of Willey; living, a rectory in the archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Lincoln; valued in K. B. 17 l.; church ded. to St. Mary; patron, Lord St. John. The petty sessions for the hundred of Barford, Stodden, and Willey, are occasionally held here.

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

Bletsoe Parish Registers 1582 – 1812

Bletsoe Parish Registers 1582 – 1812 Bedfordshire parish registers by Bedfordshire (England); Emmison, F. G. (Frederick George), 1907-1995, editor – Archive.org

Parish Records

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

England, Bedfordshire, Bletsoe – Census – 1851 ( 1 )
Parish registers for Bletsoe, 1582-1974
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bletsoe (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Bletsoe – Church records ( 3 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Bletsoe, 1602-1861
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bletsoe (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Bletsoe, 1582-1974
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bletsoe (Bedfordshire)

Tithes, vestry minutes, charities and miscellaneous, 1638-1922
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bletsoe (Bedfordshire)

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

England, Bedfordshire, Bletsoe – History ( 1 )
Fred and May Bowyer, an account of their life and times in the village of Harrold; some notes on the village and a reference to their forebears of Bletsoe and Stevington
Author: Bowyer, Geoffrey A.

England, Bedfordshire, Bletsoe – Land and property ( 1 )
St. John of Bletsoe collection : mss. of St. John, baron of Bletsoe
Author: Bedfordshire Record Office

England, Bedfordshire, Bletsoe – Manors ( 1 )
St. John of Bletsoe collection : mss. of St. John, baron of Bletsoe
Author: Bedfordshire Record Office

England, Bedfordshire, Bletsoe – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1639-1760
Author: Manor of Bletsoe. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Bletsoe – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 2 )
Parish registers for Bletsoe, 1582-1974
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bletsoe (Bedfordshire)

Tithes, vestry minutes, charities and miscellaneous, 1638-1922
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bletsoe (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Bletsoe – Public records ( 1 )
Tithes, vestry minutes, charities and miscellaneous, 1638-1922
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bletsoe (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Bletsoe – Schools ( 1 )
Bletsoe schools log books, 1892-1962

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

Directories

Bletsoe Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

The Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire 1869

BLETSOE is a small village and parish, 6 miles from Bedford, and 57 from London, in the hundred Willey, union and county court district of Bedford, deanery of Clapham, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely.

National schools have been erected by subscription. Petty sessions are held fortnightly at the Falcon inn. Pillow lace is made here also bricks and draining pipes.

BONE or BOURNE END is one mile and a half north; Bletsoe Park one mile and a half north north east

Parish Clerk, Frederick Haines

Post Office – Mrs Sarah Bennett, postmistress. Letters received from Bedford at 7.15 a.m. Box closes at 5 pm; on sundays 3 pm. The nearest money order office is at Sharnbrook.

National School, James Green, master; Mrs Sarah Greenm mistress

CARRIERS – Ibbs, from Kimbolton through to Bedford, tuesday; Wise, from Risely, through to Bedford, wednesvery day & saturday

Day Rev John Tomlinson MA rector
Haythorn Colonel
Hipwell Mr Daniel Beall

Beall John Charles farmer Bletsoe park
Bennett Sarah Mrs Falcon
Brown James shopkeeper

Curtis Thomas shopkeeper

Gore Levi shopkeeper

Hipwell & Son millers & farmers Stoke mills
Hipwell Thomas assessor & collector of taxes Stoke mills

King William farmer

Nutter George brick & draining pipe maker Bourne end

Payne William farmer

Spencer John farmer Bourne end

Thomas John farmer Castle farm

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 ReferenceTL0211858295 (all-numeric format: 502118 258295)

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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: Clapham
  • Poor Law Union: Bedford
  • Hundred: Willey
  • Province: Canterbury

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