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

Other places in the parish include: Staploe, Luloe, and Wyboston.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St Mary the Virgin

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1556
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, General Baptist, Presbyterian, and Wesleyan Methodist

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Parish History

Eaton Socon

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

EATON-SOCON, a parish in the district of St. Neots and county of Bedford; at the verge of the county, on the river Ouse and the Great Northern railway, 1 ½ mile SW of St. Neots.

It contains Wyboston and the St. Neots workhouse; and has a post office under St. Neots. Acres, 7, 530. Real property, £13, 899. Pop., 2, 766. Houses, 583. The property is much subdivided.

A castle of the Beauchamps formerly stood here; and an Angustinian priory was founded by two of them, in the time of Henry II., at Bushmead, 4¼ miles W of St. Neots. The priory was given, in 1537, to Sir William Gascoyne; and only the refectory of it now exists; but a mansion bears its name, and is the seat of the Gerys.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £439. Patron, J. G. Atkinson, Esq. The church is Norman, and has a fine tower. There are a national school, and charities £20.

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-Socon with Wyboston. 2 m. S.W. St. Neots. P. 2600.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

EATON-SOCON (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of St. Neot’s, hundred of Barford, county of Bedford, 1½ mile (S. W.) from St. Neot’s; containing, with the hamlet of Wyboston, 2600 inhabitants.

It is bounded on the east by the river Ouse, and comprises 7322a. 3r. 23p., of which a small portion is arable and woodland, and the remainder chiefly pasture and meadow. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £20. 13. 9.; net income, £439; patron and impropriator, the Duke of Bedford. The tithes were commuted for land and corn-rents in 1795. The church is an ancient structure, in the early and decorated English styles, of which it displays some elegant and interesting details.

Here was anciently a castle, the residence of a branch of the family of Beauchamp; also a priory for Augustine friars, founded by Sir Oliver Beauchamp and his son Hugh, the only remaining portion of which is the refectory, now converted into stables.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Wyboston

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WYBOSTON, a hamlet in Eaton-Socon, parish, Beds; 3¼ miles SW of St. Neots. It has a post-office under St. Neots. Pop., 269.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

FamilySearch

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Socon – Cemeteries ( 2 )
Eaton Socon cemetery : 1930-June 2002
Author: Eatons Community Association (Eaton-Socon, Huntingdonshire)

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Eaton Socon : monumental inscriptions, c1400-1999
Author: Jarrett, Sue; Huntingdonshire Family History Society

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

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Socon – Church history ( 1 )
The story of Eaton and her church XI to XV century
Author: Higham, E. P.

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Socon – Church records ( 6 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Eaton-Socon, 1602-1875
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Socon (Bedfordshire)

Church records, 1617-1842
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Socon (Bedfordshire)

Churchwardens and surveyors records, 1616-1900
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Socon (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Eaton-Socon, 1567-1971
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Socon (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers of Eaton-Socon, 1566-1812
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Socon (Bedfordshire)

Transcription of Eaton Socon church wardens rate, 1791
Author: Bundy, Jim

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

Parish register printouts of Eaton Socon, Bedford, England, christenings, 1566-1812
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Eaton-Socon, Bedford, England ; christenings, 1813-1876
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Eaton-Socon, Bedford, England ; marriages, 1572-1738
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Eaton-Socon, Bedford, England ; marriages, 1739-1876
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Socon – Land and property ( 3 )
Basmead estate muniments

Deeds to estates of the Whetham family

Documents relating to the Bushmead estate in Eaton-Socon and adjoining parishes

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Socon – Manors ( 1 )
Documents relating to the Bushmead estate in Eaton-Socon and adjoining parishes

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Socon – Manors – Court records ( 2 )
Basmead estate muniments

Court records, 1416-1821
Author: Manor of Eaton-Socon. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Socon – Military records – Militia ( 1 )
Parish registers for Eaton-Socon, 1567-1971
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Socon (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Socon – Occupations ( 1 )
Parish registers for Eaton-Socon, 1567-1971
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Socon (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Socon – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 3 )
Churchwardens and surveyors records, 1616-1900
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Socon (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Eaton-Socon, 1567-1971
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Eaton-Socon (Bedfordshire)

Transcription of Eaton Socon overseer of poor book
Author: Bundy, Jim

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Socon – Schools ( 1 )
Eaton-Socon schools log books, 1863-1928

England, Bedfordshire, Eaton-Socon – Taxation ( 2 )
Land tax assessments for Eaton Socon, 1797-1949
Author: Bedfordshire (England). County Council

Transcription of Eaton Socon church wardens rate, 1791
Author: Bundy, Jim

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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.

EATON SOCON, St Neots

Brewers
Hall John *
Malden Ebenezer

Maltsters
Elgood George
Malden Ebenezer

Wine & Spirit Merchant
Malden Ebenezer

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 SOCON, with the Hamlets of BASMEAD, BEGGARY, BUSHMEAD, CROSS HALL, DULOE, EATON FORD, GOODWICK, HONEYDON, UPPER and LOWER STAPLEHOE, WOODLANDS, and WYBOSTON

EATON Socon is an extensive parish, situated on the borders of Huntingdonshire; the navigable river Ouse, flowing on the east, divides this parish from St Neots; it is 55 miles from London by road, 11 north east from Bedford, 10 south west from Huntingdon, and one mile from St Neots; it is in the hundred of Barford, union and county court district of St Neots, rural deanery of Eaton, archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Ely.

Here is a National school. St Neots Union House, erected in 1842, is in this parish, and has about 4 acres of ground attached; it affords accommodation for 300 persons.

The population in 1861 2,766; the area is 7,530 acres of agricultural land, a part being cultivated by market gardeners. This contains 20 miles of road.

Parish Clerk, George Flawn
Sexton, Christopher Barnes

Post Office – Robert Drakem sub postmaster, Letters through the St Neots officem are delivered at 7 am & dispatched at 7.20 pm. The nearest money order office is at St Neots.

St Neots Union, Matthew Henry Browning, master; Mrs Isabella Browning, matron; Miss Annie Giddings, schoolmistress

National School, Samuel Reed, master; Miss Mary Ann Chandler, mistress

CARRIER TO :-
BEDFORD Geo Franklin tues & sat returning same days & to St Neots daily

Eaton Socon

Addington Mr Peter
Bull Mr Haird
Hobson Miss
Hobson Miss Jane
Hobson Mrs
Horley Rev Edward MA Vicarage
Howkins Mrs
Peppercorn Mr John
Peppercorn Mr S
Staughton Mr George
Topham Mr John
White Miss
Wilkinson Octavius Robert esq
Wilkinson Mr Surtees

COMMERCIAL

Abbott John farm bailiff to Mrs Hobson

Bartram Francis beer retailer
Boot Thomas boot & shoe maker
Bowyer Thomas brewer
Bradshaw Mark beer retir & blacksmth
Brightman Isaac farmer
Brown Thos plumber painter & glazier
Bull Ann Mrs Old Falcon

Cattell John grocer
Cook William tailor & draper
Cooper Christopher Wagyon & Horses & market gardener

Day Thomas coal dealer
Day William beer retailer Mill lane
Drake Robert grocer & draper

Ekins John Murden gardener
Elliott John Henry boarding school
Evans Henry butcher & beer retailer

Farr William beer retailer
Flawn William blacksmith
Franklin George carrier

Gurney John carpenter

Hewitt James baker
Holley Janies chimney sweeper
Howard William blacksmith
Hunt Joseph shoe maker

Jubb John builder & carpenter

Malden Ebenezer brewer
Markham Wm beer retailer & hawker
Marnes John shopkeeper
Marshall Joseph baker
Marshall Samuel market gardener

Nightingale William Old Sun

Rosamond William baker
Rudkin Henry Cock

Smith Emma Mrs beer retailer
Smith James farmer Tithe farm
Stadden Jane Mrs day school

Taylor Harry farmer
Taylor Jane Mrs White Horse & farmer & brewer
Tilcock Jonathan farmer & mrkt grdnr
Topham James miller
Topham Joseph corn merchant

Wall Richard butcher
Watts John gardener
Wilkinson Octavius Robert solicitor

Little End

Darrington John gardener
Fletcher William gardener
Seargant Thomas Bell & pig dealer
Tingey Samuel Crown

Basmead

Aikin Wm Orton farmer Manor farm

Beggary

Arnold Charles Isaac farmer
Fensom John farmer

Bushmead

Wade Gery William Hugh esq MA JP The Priory
Wade Gery William Hugh esq jun The Priory
Browning Joseph farmer
Green Thomas farmer
Saunders Mary Mrs Gery Arms

Cross Hall

Butler Francis George solicitor Cross Hall lodge & at St Neots
Dean Thomas beer retailer
Hall Christopher cattle dealer & farmer
Squire Edward Frederick farmer

Duloe

Mossman Thomas farmer
Shelton Mary Mrs beer retailer
Topham Joseph farmer

Eaton Ford

Adams George cowkeeper & farmer
Attwood James shoe maker

Barnes Thomas beer retailer
Bolton William beer retailer
Brightman William gardener
Bull William shoe maker

Cheetham John shopkeeper

Elkington Elizbth Mrs Rose & Crown

Gardner Matthew shoe maker
Garton George marine store dealer

Hewett James baker

Jordan William farmer
Joyce Jane Mrs farmer

Northern Joseph stone mason

Osborn Samuel Barley Mow & bricklyr

Pye Abraham shoe maker

Richardson James baker & beer retailer
Richardson William basket maker

Simons Frederick tailor
Stocker William farmer & thrashing machine proprietor

Tyack Mrs Sarah grocer

Goodwick

Lamb David farmer
Topham William farmer

Honeydon

Berridge farmer
Mardlin William beer retailer
Topham William farmer
Smith John farmer

Upper & Lower Staplehoe

Beesley Ann Mrs beer retailer & blacksmith
Goodliffe John beer retailer
Hall Christopher farmer
Topham Thomas farmer

Wyboston

Addington Thomas farmer
Bazley William corn dealer
Bennett John farmer
Colburt John boot & shoe maker
Darrington Cornelius beer retailer
Darrington Samuel market gardener
Emery George wheelwright
Harding John grocer & draper
Judd Henry farmer
Newman William Queen’s Head
Nunn John beer retailer
Pestell Thomas market gardener
Serjeant Joseph Old Sun
Smith Henry shopkeeper

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: Barford
  • Province: Canterbury

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