Holwell is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Holywell

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1560
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: None

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The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HOLWELL, a parish in the district of Hitchin and county of Bedford; on the Midland railway, adjacent to Herts, near Henlow r. station, and 3½ miles NNW of Hitchin. Post town, Hitchin.

Acres, 650. Real property, £845. Pop., 191. Houses, 41. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to F. D. Radcliffe, Esq.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £120. Patron, F. D. Radcliffe, Esq. The church is ancient, and was repaired in 1845.

Rand’s charity yields £105 a year, and supports a school and alms houses.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

HOLWELL, a parish, in the union of Hitchin, hundred of Clifton, county of Bedford, 3 miles (N. W. by N.) from Hitchin; containing 182 inhabitants, and consisting of 550 acres by computation.

The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £7. 9. 7.; net income, £120, arising from 120 acres of land given in lieu of tithes in 1802; patron, F. P. D. Radcliff, Esq. The church, an ancient structure in the early English style, has been partly rebuilt and restored.

There is property at East Greenwich, bequeathed to the parish by Mr. Rand, in 1706, and now producing £700 per annum, for the apprenticing of children; with the accumulated savings, a school, a house for the incumbent, and six almshouses, were built in the year 1831, by an order in chancery.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalogue Records

Church records

Bishop’s transcripts for Holwell, 1603-1875

Parish registers for Holwell, 1560-1939


The monumental inscriptions of Holwell Parish Church, Bedfordshire

Manor Court records

Court records, 1758-1882


Census returns for Holwell, 1841-1891


Land tax assessments for Holwell, 1797-1949


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

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