Elstow Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Elstow is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1641
  • Bishop's Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Parishes adjacent to Elstow

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ELSTOW, a village and a parish in the district and county of Bedford. The village stands on a branch of the river Ouse, near the Bedford branch of the North-western railway, 1¾ mile S by W of Bedford; and has a post office under Bedford, and fairs on 15 May and 5 Nov. A Benedictine nunnery was founded here, in the time of William the Conqueror, by Judith, the Conqueror's niece, the Countess of Huntingdon; is said to have been very beautiful; and was called Helenstow, ultimately Elstow. John Bunyan, the author of the Pilgrim's Progress, was a native of this village; and his cottage, in a renovated condition is still standing. The parish comprises 1, 522 acres. Real property, £3, 187. Pop., 618. Houses, 118. The property is all in one estate. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £75. Patron, S.Whitbread, Esq. The church belonged to the nunnery; is Norman, with a steeple; has two brasses of 1427 and 1530; and includes a chapter-house. There are an Independent chapel, and charities £45.

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

Elstow, 2 m. S.W. Bedford. P. 562

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

Parish Registers

Elstow Parish Registers 1602 - 1812

Elstow Parish Registers 1602 - 1812

Elstow Baptisms 1602 - 1812

Elstow Marriages 1602 - 1812

Elstow Burials 1602 - 1812


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