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

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Parish History

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.

Parish Registers

Great Barford Parish Registers 1559 – 1812

Great Barford Parish Registers 1559 – 1812 Bedfordshire parish registers by Bedfordshire (England); Emmison, F. G. (Frederick George), 1907-1995, editor – Archive.org

Parish Records

FamilySearch

England, Bedfordshire, Great Barford – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The monumental inscriptions in the parish of All Saints, Great Barford, Bedfordshire, 1705-1913
Author: Matthews, A. Weight (Arthur Weight), 1865-1937; Bedfordshire Family History Society; Church of England. Parish Church of Great Barford (Bedfordshire)

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

England, Bedfordshire, Great Barford – Church records ( 4 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Great Barford, 1602-1877
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Barford (Bedfordshire)

Churchwardens and surveyors records, 1755-1900
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Barford (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Great Barford, 1504-1973
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Barford (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Great Barford, 1709-1973
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Barford (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Great Barford – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Computer printout of Great Barford, Bedfordshire, England

England, Bedfordshire, Great Barford – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1659-1765
Author: Manor of Roxton. Court (Bedfordshire); Manor of Netherbury. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Great Barford – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 2 )
Churchwardens and surveyors records, 1755-1900
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Barford (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Great Barford, 1709-1973
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Barford (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Great Barford – Schools ( 1 )
School log books, 1863-1925
Author: Great Barford School

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

Miscellaneous relating to Great Barford, 1593-1771

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Population

Date Population
1801 431
1818 577
1831 731

Schools

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 Residence Freehold* and Occupier
Alders John Buckden, Hunts. H.& L.  Jefferies Benjamin
Barcock John Great Barford ….  Samuel W. & others
Buston Rev. Roger Windham, Norfolk L. Crespin Mrs.
Cumberland W. Great Barford H.& L.   Self and others
Dobson William Girtford H. Purser and others
Duncombe James Great Barford H.& L. Robinson John
Francklin J. Esq. Devon. St. Port. Place, London ….  Jefferies Benjamin
Freshwater John Great Barford …. Self
Freshwater John Renhold ….  Castle Isaac
Freshwater Thomas Great Barford …. Medley Jude
Freshwater W. Isle of Wight ….  Castle Isaac
Gilbert Thomas Great Barford H.  Self
Halsey Joseph, Esq. Gaddesden, Herts. H. & L.  Duncombe James
Hart Samuel Great Barford H. Self and others
Hart Thomas ditto H. & L.  Self
Jefferies Benjamin ditto L. Self
Lovelidge Thomas Bedford L. Hart Thomas
Pedley William Great Barford H. & L.  Self
Robertson John Long Stanton, Cam. L. Duncombe James
Rowles George Great Barford H. & L.  Self
Smith William ditto …. Freshwater John
Sutton Edward Mogerhanger …. Sabey William
Wootton Richard Great Barford …. Self

Notes:

  • Of what the Freehold Consists

Directories

Great Barford Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

The Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire 1869

GREAT BARFORD is a large scattered village, 5 north east from Bedford, 6 south west from St Neots, 7 north west from Biggleswade, and 52 from London, in hundred of Barford, union and county court district of Bedford, rural deanery of Eaton, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely, situate on the river Ouse.

Parish Clerk, James Field

National School, James Taylor, master; Mrs Sarah Sharp, mistress

CARRIERS TO BEDFORD – John Franklin, from Eaton, saturday, returning same day; John Thomas, from Blunham, monday, Wednesday, & saturday, returning same days; James Cope, from Tempsford, monday, wednesday, & saturday, returning same days; Mrs Susan Woods, from St Neots, wednesday, returning same day

Arnold Miss Great Barford house
Humbley Joseph esq Central villa
Richardson Rev Thomas Pierson MA vicar The Vicarage
Sprigge Charles MD Great Barford villa

COMMERCIAL

Ayres John Sellis farmer
Ayres William butcher

Barker John boot & shoe maker
Beach Ann Mrs shopkeeper
Beetles Thomas brick maker
Berry William tailor

Chapman William beer retailer
Clark John farmer
Cooper Henry engineer

Daniels Frederick Crown inn
Dover Jas shoeing smith & postmaster

Holben William beer retailer
Holland Joseph harness maker

James Amos White Hart
Jarvis Sarah Mrs shopkeeper
Jefferies John maltster
Jefferies Robert Ayres farmer
Jefferies Sellis farmer
Joyce Joseph James farmer

Kingston Henry butcher

Lee Joseph market gardener

Mann John saddler & harness maker
Martin Samuel farmer
Mayhew John farmer
Mayhew William farmer

Osborn Samuel bricklayer

Page James wheelwright
Pedley James baker
Pedley John corn dealer
Pettitt John gardener
Purser John blacksmith

Randall Ann Mrs baker
Roals William farmer
Rutland John farmer

Sabey John horse dealer
Sabey John market gardener
Saville Annie Maria Mrs butcher & beer retailer
Saville Ellen Mrs farmer
Saville Jane Miss shopkeeper
Sharp William beer retailer
Smith George Golden Cross
Smith Lydia Mrs boot & shoe maker
Sprigge Charles MD LSA surgeon

Trustrum Edward miller & farmer

Wagstaff Odell Henry boot & shoe maker
Watford William carpenter & builder
Wells John thrashing machine proprietor
Wootton William tailor
Wootton William jun tailor

Source: The Post office directory of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire By Kelly’s directories, ltd 1869

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OS Grid ReferenceTL1265452404 (all-numeric format: 512654 252404)

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Administration

  • 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

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