Clapham Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Clapham an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire. Clapham was formerly a chapelry in the parish of Oakley.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Thomas à Becket

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1696; see also Oakley
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1603

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Clapham

Historical Descriptions

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Clapham, 2 m. N.W. Bedford. P. 370.

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


  • 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: Stodden
  • Province: Canterbury