DEAN is a village and parish, divided into Nether and Upper Dean, 13 miles north from Bedford, 6 south east from Higham Ferrers, and 4 west from Kimbolton, in the hundred of Stodden, union of St Neots, county court district of Thrapston, rural deanery of St Neots, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely1.

Alternative names: Nether and Upper Dean, Nether Dean

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1566
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist, Independent

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DEAN (Nether and Upper), a parish in the district of St. Neot’s and county of Bedford; near the Three-shire-stone, 3½ miles W of Kimbolton, and 6 NE by N of Sharnbrook r. station. Post town, Kimbolton, under St. Neot’s. Acres, 2, 370. Real property, £2, 911. Pop., 552. Houses, 124. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £200. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church is Norman. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a well. endowed school, and charities £14.

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

Dean (Nether and Upper), 12 miles N.W. Bedford. P. 541.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

DEAN, NETHER (All Saints), a parish, in the union of St. Neot’s, hundred of Stodden, county of Bedford, 3½ miles (W. by S.) from Kimbolton; containing, with the hamlet of Upper Dean, 541 inhabitants.

The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £100; patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester; impropriator, J. Cole, Esq. The tithes were commuted for land and a money payment by an act of the 40th of George III. Joseph Neale in 1702 gave some land which, since an inclosure of the common lands, has been augmented to about 74 acres, with a farmhouse, now producing £64 a year, for teaching boys.

There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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England, Bedfordshire, Nether and Upper Dean – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The monumental inscriptions of the Upper Dean United Reformed Church, Bedfordshire
Author: Bedfordshire Family History Society

England, Bedfordshire, Nether and Upper Dean – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Dean, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

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

Parish registers and poor law records for Nether and Upper Dean, 1797-1983
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Nether and Upper Dean (Bedfordshire)

Transcript of the parish register of Dean, 1566-1812
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Nether and Upper Dean (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Nether and Upper Dean – Church records – Indexes ( 4 )
Computer printout of Dean or Nether Dean, Beds., Eng

Parish register printouts of Dean, Bedford, England ; christenings, 1566-1762
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Dean, Bedford, England ; christenings, 1763-1874
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Dean, Bedford, England ; marriages 1754-1838
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Bedfordshire, Nether and Upper Dean – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Parish registers and poor law records for Nether and Upper Dean, 1797-1983
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Nether and Upper Dean (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Nether and Upper Dean – Taxation ( 1 )
Land tax assessments for Dean, 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.

UPPER DEAN, Kimbolton

Brewer
Brown Thomas Croxton

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

DEAN is a village and parish, divided into Nether and Upper Dean, 13 miles north from Bedford, 6 south east from Higham Ferrers, and 4 west from Kimbolton, in the hundred of Stodden, union of St Neots, county court district of Thrapston, rural deanery of St Neots, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely.

The Wesleyans have a chapel at Nether Dean; and a handsome Independent chapel has been erected at the sole cost of William Ackroyd, Esq.

Parish Clerk, Thomas Packwood

Constabulary Station, George Purser, constable in charge

Endowed School, Henry Corby, master

CARRIER – John Porter, to Bedford saturday; to St Neots thursday

Collett Mr Elias Upper Dean

Dalton Capt Robert FitzGerald, The Grange, Upper Dean
Dalton Henry Robert Samuel, esq. The Lodge, Upper Dean
Spooner Rev Charles MA vicar Upper Dean

COMMERCIAL

Baker Rebecca Mrs shopkeeper Upper Dean
Barber Samuel, Crown, Nether Dean
Baxter Robert, Prince of Wales & tailor, Upper Dean
Brawn John farmer Upper Dean
Brown Thomas Croxton, brewer Upper Dean
Burgess William beer retailer & tailor Upper Dean

Campion Henry farmer Manor house Nether Dean
Corbett George carpenter Nether Dean
Corbett Robt shopkeeper Nether Dean

Dickens Ekin, Three Compasses, Upper Dean
Dunmore William farmer & butcher Nether Dean

Eaton Thos miller & farmer Nether Dean
Eaton William carpenter & beer retailer Nether Dean

Gale William butcher Nether Dean
Green James shoe maker Nether Dean

Hollis John farmer Nether Dean
Horsford James Alfred farmer Upper Dean

Jacobs Emily Mrs shopkeeper Upper Dean
Jacobs George shopkeeper Upp Dean
Jacobs Jane Miss dress maker Upper Dean

Milligan Thomas farmer Upper Dean

Pashler Emma Mrs milliner Upper Dean
Poole William miller & farmer Nether Dean
Porter John baker & carrier Nether Dean
Preston Benjamin farmer Nether Dean

Sykes Thomas shoeing smith Up Dean

White William brick maker Up Dean

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: St Neots
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Bedford
  • Diocese: Pre-1837 – Lincoln, Post-1836 – Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Eaton
  • Poor Law Union: St Neots
  • Hundred: Stodden
  • 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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