Eaton Bray is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include:

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Particular Baptist
  • Wesleyan Methodist

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

EATON-BRAY, a parish in Leighton-Buzzard district, Beds; on the verge of the county, near Stanbridgeford r. station, 3¾ miles W by S of Dunstable. It has a post office under Dunstable; and it gives the title of Baron Braye to the family of Cave Otway. Acres, 2,650. Real property, £5,191. Pop., 1,440. Houses, 308. The property is subdivided. Part of the land is common. A castle stood here before the early part of the 13th century. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £189. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church is early English. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, and a national school.

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

Eaton-Bray, 3 m. S.W. Dunstable. P. 1097

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

EATON, BRAY (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Luton, hundred of Manshead, county of Bedford, 3½ miles (W. by S.) from Dunstable; containing 1097 inhabitants.

The manor was given by King John to Ardulphus de Braci, and not long afterwards belonged to the Cantilupes, who built a castle in 1221, which the Chronicle of Dunstable represents as very injurious to that town. In 1273 it passed by a female heir to the family of Zouche; and it is supposed to have been forfeited by attainder, and to have been granted to Sir Reginald Bray.

The parish lies on the south-west border of the county. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £12. 16. 3.; net income, £189; patrons, the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge. 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, Eaton-Bray – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Eaton Bray, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Bray – Church records ( 10 )
Bishop’s transcripts Eaton-Bray, 1602-1856
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Bray (Bedfordshire)

Church records for the Wesleyan Church (Eaton-Bray), 1798-1855.
Author: Wesleyan Church (Eaton-Bray, England)

Church records, 1757-1832
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Bray (Bedfordshire)

Churchwardens and surveyors records, 1756, 1837-1894
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Bray (Bedfordshire)

Parish chest and poor law records for Eaton-Bray, 1757-1937
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Bray (Bedfordshire)

Parish register extracts of Eaton-Bray (Bedford), 1559-1812
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Bray (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Eaton-Bray, 1559-1982
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Bray (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers of Eaton Bray, 1559-1812
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Bray (Bedfordshire)

Record of members, 1846-1854
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Eaton Bray Branch (Bedfordshire)

Record of members, ca. 1837-1858
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bedfordshire Conference

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Bray – Church records – Indexes ( 5 )
Computer printout of Eaton Bray, Beds., Eng

Computer printout of Eaton Bray, Wesleyan, Beds., Eng

Parish register printouts of Eaton Bray, Bedford, England ; marriages, 1754-1812
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Eaton Bray, Bedford, England, christenings, 1559-1812
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Eaton-Bray, Bedford, England (Wesleyan Church) ; christenings, 1798-1837
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Bray – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1330-1925
Author: Manor of Eaton-Bray. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Bray – Occupations ( 1 )
Parish chest and poor law records for Eaton-Bray, 1757-1937
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Bray (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Bray – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 2 )
Churchwardens and surveyors records, 1756, 1837-1894
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Bray (Bedfordshire)

Parish chest and poor law records for Eaton-Bray, 1757-1937
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Bray (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Bray – Taxation ( 1 )
Land tax assessments for Eaton Bray, 1797-1946
Author: Bedfordshire (England). County Council

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.

EATON BRAY, Dunstable

Maltster
Roberts Mrs Eliza

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

EATON BRAY is a village and parish, of considerable extent, on the borders of Buckinghamshire, in the hundred of Manshead, union and county court district of Leighton Buzzard, rural deanery of Dunstable, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely, 4 miles north west from Dunstable, and 4 south east from Leighton Buzzard.

Here is a National school, also a Wesleyan chapel, and a Baptist chapel. A market is held here every Friday for the disposal of straw plait. A great many of the inhabitants, particularly the children, are employed in the straw business.

Parish Clerk William Brown

Post Office – William Gurney, receiver. Letters arrive through Dunstable at 7.45 am; dispatched at 5 30 pm. The nearest money order office is at Dunstable

National School (mixed) Miss Jane Price, mistress

Pratt Miss
Whyley Rev Gregory Edward M.A., J.P., [vicar]

Bird David shopkeeper
Bird Jesse cattle salesman
Bird William farmer
Brinklow John shopkeeper
Brown William blacksmith & registrar of births & deaths for Eddlesborough district
Brown Wm blacksmith & shopkeeper
Buckmaster John farmer
Burchmore Sarah Mrs Chequers
Burridge David boot & shoe maker
Burrows Benjamin farmer

Cobb John shopkeeper
Costin Thomas beer retailer

Eillingham Daniel farmer
Ellingham John baker
Eustace Joseph plait dealer
Fountain Richard beer retailer

Gadsden Emma Mrs shopkeeper
Gadsden Richard shopkeeper
Gadsden Robert farmer
Groom John & Abraham wheelwrights
Gurney George blacksmith
Gurney Wm blacksmith & postmaster

Hawkins William baker
Hedges Charles farmer
Hedges John farmer & shopkeeper
Hedges Robert farmer
Henley Joseph beer retailer

James Thomas shopkeeper
Janes Samuel beer retailer
Janes William mealman

Lee Charles shopkeeper

Mead Benjamin miller
Mead Hannah Mrs plait dealer

Partridge Thomas Plough
Pearson Thomas whiting manufacturer
Peek John boot & shoe maker
Peppiatt John beer retailer
Pratt Thomas farmer
Puddephatt Michael grazier

Roberts Frederick maltster & farmer
Roe Samuel shopkeeper
Rollings Robert tailor
Rollings William carrier & whiting manufacturer
Rumble John beer retailer

Sharratt Samuel carpenter
Simmons Frederick miller
Simmons Jesse Five Bells
Smith Caleb plait dealer

Thorn Charles baker & grocer
Thorn George butcher
Thorn Joseph farmer
Thorn Robert farmer
Tingey John farmer
Travell William beer retailer

Varney Robert shopkeeper

Wood Fanny shopkeeper
Wood William farmer

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: Leighton Buzzard
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Bedford
  • Diocese: Pre-1837 – Lincoln, Post-1836 – Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Dunstable
  • Poor Law Union: Leighton Buzzard
  • Hundred: Manshead
  • Province: Canterbury

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