Bolnhurst is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Parish church: St. Dunstan

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1571
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include:

  • Baptist
  • Independent/Congregational

Parishes adjacent to Bolnhurst

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BOLNHURST, a parish in the district and county of Bedford; 5 miles E by S of Sharnbrook r. station, and 6½ NNE of Bedford. Post Town, Wilden, under Bedford. Acres, 2,160. Real property, £2,088. Pop., 348. Houses, 67. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £159. Patron, the Rev. F. M. Harvey. The church is good. An endowed school has £12.

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

Bolnhurst, a parish in the hund. of Stodden, union and county of Bedford; 6½ miles north by east of Bedford. Living, a rectory, formerly in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln, now in the dio. of Ely; valued at £9; gross income £173. Patron, in 1835, the Rev. H. W. Gery. The great and small tithes, the property of the clerical rector and lay-impropriator, were commuted in 1778. There is a day and Sunday school in this parish, supported by endowments. Pop., in 1801, 225; in 1831, 300. Houses 50. Acres 2,130. A. P. £1,968. Poor rates, in 1837, £238.

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

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bolnhurst, 5 m. N.E, Bedford. P.344

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

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Bolnhurst, co. Bedford.

P.T. Bedford (50) 7 m. N b E. Pop. 264.

A parish in the hundred of Stodden; living, a rectory in the archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Lincoln; valued in K. B. 9 l.; church ded. to St. Dunstan; patrons (1829) W. M. Willett, Esq. and others.

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


Bolnhurst Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

Parish Records

Bedfordshire Archives & Family History Groups

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England, Bedfordshire Parish Registers, 1538-1983

Bedfordshire County Cemetery Records

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Bedfordshire Gaol Register

Bedfordshire Quarter Session Rolls 1714-1832

Bedfordshire Poll Book 1722

Bedfordshire Poll Book 1722

Bedfordshire 1926 Valuation Maps

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

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