Great Barford Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Great Barford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

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

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist, Particular Baptist

Parishes adjacent to Great Barford

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BARFORD (Great), a parish in the district and county of Bedford; on the river Ouse, 3 miles NNW of Sandy r. station, and 6 E by N of Bedford. It has a post office under St. Neot's. Acres, 2,830. Real property, £4,679. Pop., 907. Houses, 198. The property is subdivided. The river Ouse here is crossed by a bridge of about the beginning of the 15th century, and is navigable. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Roxton, in the dio. of Ely. The church is later English. There are a Wesleyan chapel, 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

Barford (Great ), 5m. N.E. Bedford, P. 814.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Barford (Great), a parish in the hund. of Barford, union and county of Bedford; 6 miles east-north-east from Bedford. Living, a discharged vicarage united with that of Roxden, in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln; rated at £9; and in the patronage of Trinity college, Cambridge. The great and small tithes, the property of Trinity college, Cambridge, and the vicar, were commuted in 1820. There are two daily and two Sunday-schools here. The river Ouse, over which there is here a bridge, built about the beginning of the 15th century, is navigable along the south-eastern parts of the parish. Pop., in 1801, 431; in 1831, 731. Houses 150. Acres 2,830. A. P. £2,545. Poor rates, in 1837, £428.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

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1818 Digest of Returns to Circular Letter from the Select Committee on Education of the Poor, &c.
Schools - None

Sunday Schools - A Sunday school, for 70 children, supported by voluntary contribution.

Observations - The poor are very desirous of education; and a national school for Great Barford and Roxton would be beneficial, as there are upwards of 60 children in want of instruction.

Notes - Return signed by J. Clarkson, vicar.

Poll Books

Great Barford Poll Book 1807

Freeholders Name

Alders John

Barcock John

Buston Rev. Roger

Cumberland W.

Dobson William

Duncombe James

Francklin J. Esq.

Freshwater John

Freshwater John

Freshwater Thomas

Freshwater W.

Gilbert Thomas

Halsey Joseph, Esq.

Hart Samuel

Hart Thomas

Jefferies Benjamin

Lovelidge Thomas

Pedley William

Robertson John

Rowles George

Smith William

Sutton Edward

Wootton Richard


Buckden, Hunts.

Great Barford

Windham, Norfolk

Great Barford


Great Barford

Devon. St. Port. Place, London

Great Barford


Great Barford

Isle of Wight

Great Barford

Gaddesden, Herts.

Great Barford




Great Barford

Long Stanton, Cam.

Great Barford



Great Barford

Freehold* and Occupier

H.& L.  Jefferies Benjamin

….         Samuel W. & others

L.         Crespin Mrs.

H.& L.   Self and others

H.         Purser and others

H.& L.   Robinson John

….        Jefferies Benjamin

….        Self

….        Castle Isaac

….        Medley Jude

….        Castle Isaac

H.         Self

H. & L.  Duncombe James

H.         Self and others

H. & L.  Self

L.          Self

L.          Hart Thomas

H. & L.  Self

L.          Duncombe James

H. & L.  Self

….         Freshwater John

….         Sabey William

….         Self



  • Of what the Freehold Consists


Great Barford Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914


Vision of Britain historical maps


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