CRANFIELD is a parish and large village, 4½ miles north from both the Ampthill and the Woburn Sands stations of the North Western Railway, 7 north west from Ampthill, and 9 south west from Bedford, in the hundred of Redbornstoke, union and county court district of Ampthill, rural deanery of East Fleete, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely1.

Parish church: SS. Peter and Paul1.

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1600
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include:

  • Baptist
  • Independent/Congregational
  • Particular Baptist
  • Society of Friends/Quaker
  • Wesleyan Methodist

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CRANFIELD, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Ampthill district, Beds.

The village stands near the boundary with Bucks, 3½ miles NW of Lidlington r. station, and 6 NW by W of Ampthill: has a post office under Newport-Pagnell; and gave the title of Baron to the Duke of Dorset.

The parish comprises 3, 500 acres. Real property, 6, 519. Pop., 1, 591. Houses, 315. The property is divided among a few. The parish is a meet for the Oakley hounds. There is a mineral spring. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £376. Patron, the Rev. G. G. Harter. The church is later English, in good condition.

There are two Baptist chapels, a Wesleyan chapel, an endowed school with £18, alms-houses with £60, and other charities with £28. The sub-district contains three parishes. Acres, 10, 191. Pop., 3, 706. Houses, 753.

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

Cranfield, 5½ m. N.W. Ampthill. P. 1371.

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

Parish Registers

Cranfield Parish Registers 1600 – 1812

Cranfield Parish Registers 1600 – 1812 Bedfordshire parish registers by Bedfordshire (England); Emmison, F. G. (Frederick George), 1907-1995, editor – Archive.org

Parish Records

FamilySearch

England, Bedfordshire, Cranfield – Cemeteries ( 2 )
A list of the monumental inscriptions in the church and churchyard of St. Peter and St. Paul, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Author: Bedfordshire Family History Society

Monumental inscriptions in the parish of Cranfield, Independent Baptist, 1800-1990
Author: Bedfordshire Family History Society

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

England, Bedfordshire, Cranfield – Church records ( 4 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Cranfield, [1616?]-1875
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Cranfield (Bedfordshire)

Church records, 1794-1837
Author: Baptist Church (Cranfield, Bedfordshire)

Cranfield Baptist Church, 1660-1960
Author: Tibbutt, H. G.

Parish registers for Cranfield, 1600-1972
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Cranfield (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Cranfield – Church records – Indexes ( 2 )
Computer printout of Cranfield, Baptist, Beds., Eng

Computer printout of Cranfield, Beds., Eng

England, Bedfordshire, Cranfield – Genealogy ( 1 )
Settlements and miscellaneous, 1223-1937
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Cranfield (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Cranfield – History ( 1 )
Cranfield
Author: Coleman, Stephen R.; Coleman, Stephen R.

England, Bedfordshire, Cranfield – Land and property ( 1 )
Collection of documents relating to Cranfield

England, Bedfordshire, Cranfield – Manors ( 1 )
Collection of documents relating to Cranfield

England, Bedfordshire, Cranfield – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 2 )
Churchwardens and overseers records, 1777-1947
Author: Cranfield (Bedfordshire); Church of England. Parish Church of Cranfield (Bedfordshire)

Settlements and miscellaneous, 1223-1937
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Cranfield (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Cranfield – Public records ( 1 )
Settlements and miscellaneous, 1223-1937
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Cranfield (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Cranfield – Schools ( 1 )
Log books, 1864-1895
Author: Cranfield National School

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

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Directories

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.

CRANFIELD, Newport Pagnell

Maltster
Brown John

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

CRANFIELD is a parish and large village, 4½ miles north from both the Ampthill and the Woburn Sands stations of the North Western Railway, 7 north west from Ampthill, and 9 south west from Bedford, in the hundred of Redbornstoke, union and county court district of Ampthill, rural deanery of East Fleete, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely.

There is a National school, partly endowed, and a Wesleyan and two Particular Baptist chapels. The charities consist of Grange’s charity, of about £22 per annum, for apprenticing boys, £5 5s distributable to the poor on St Thomas’s Day, and almshouses for three poor widows.

Cranfield Court, the residence of the Rev George Gardner Harter, M.A., J.P., is an elegant and spacious modern mansion, in the French Gothic style, of red brick, with Bath stone facings: it stands upon an eminence, and is a very picturesque object from the surrounding country. Captain Drake, who is lord of the manor, and the Rev G.G. Harter are the principal land owners. The soil is chiefly cold clay; subsoil, cold clay. The chief crops are wheat, oats, beans, and peas. The area is 3,933 acres, and the population in 1861 was 1,591.

Parish Clerk, William Battison

POST OFFICE – Ebenezer Lovell, receiver. Letters through Newport Pagnell, arrive at 8.40 am; box closes at 4.55 pm; & on sundays at 10.25 am. The nearest money order office is at Newport Pagnell

National School, George Winter, master; Mrs Winter, mistress

CARRIERS TO BEDFORD – William Underwood & Joel Read, wednesday & saturday

Birley Rev Hugh Hornby MA [rector]
Coleman Mr George
Faldor William esq
Harter Rev George Gardner MA JP Cranfield court
Langford Rev John Fréré MA [curate]
Milligan Wm Wright esq FRCS
Owen Rev Thomas [Baptist]

COMMERCIAL

Bailey William Crow inn
Baker Mary Ann Mrs farmer Tartlett end
Billington Edward draper
Billington Robert farmer Perry hill
Bliss Matthew Poswell farmer
Bosworth Thomas farmer Rectory farm
Brawn William farmer Leys farm
Brewer Doyley Mrs old George

Caplin John house steward to Rev G G Harter Cranfield court
Clark James farmer Bourn end
Coleman William farmer
Corder Thomas miller Broad green
Cox George blacksmith

Day James farmer

Ellis William farmer & brick maker

Falce Sarah Mrs lace dealer
Faulkner George maltster
Flint Sophia Mrs laundress
Ford Caleb shoe maker
Foskett Joseph saddler
Foster Elizabeth Mrs farmer
Foster George wheelwright
Fountain Thomas shopkeeper
Fowler Joseph farmer Bourn end
Foxley Sophia Mrs Swan inn

Goodman Joseph dealer
Goodman William farmer & corn factor
Green Thomas farmer Conn’s farm
Grimes Thomas farmer Bourn end
Grimes Thomas jun farmer Bourn end

Haines William blacksmith
Hands Richd plumber painter & glazier
Harris Richard butcher
Hewlett James Cross Keys

Jellies Williain farmer Wharley end

Keep James farmer Gossards green
Keep Reuben farmer Moat farm
King William tailor

Lee Peter, New George
Lewis Daniel farmer
Lineham Henry beer retailer
Lorton Joseph farmer
Lorton Thomas farmer Broad end
Lovell Ebenezer shopkeeper
Lovell Thomas mealman

Manning William carpenter
Millard Edward horse dealer
Millard James farmer
Millis William glass china & earthenware dealer
Milligan William Wright surgeon
Munday John butcher
Munday Thomas beer retailer & wheel wright

Osborn James farmer Bourn end

Phillips John butcher
Prentice William farmer

Read James bricklayer
Redman Edward beer retailer
Richardson Ann Mrs farmer
Richardson James baker

Sanders Levi shoe maker
Savage Henry grocer
Savage Mary & Ann Misses drapers
Smith Thomas general dealer

Titmas William baker
Tutt Robert carpenter

Underwood Benjamin shoe maker
Underwood William butcher & carrier

Watling Charles draper & tea dealer
Wells Archibald farmer
White Hugh carpenter
White Wm watch maker & gunsmith
Whitmee Wm farmer Wharley end
Woods John farmer Broad green

Young James bricklayer & beer retailer

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

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Administration

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