Holwell Bedfordshire Family History Guide

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

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

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].

Parish Records

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Census Records

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Probate and Court Records

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Church records

Bishop's transcripts for Holwell, 1603-1875

Parish registers for Holwell, 1560-1939


The monumental inscriptions of Holwell Parish Church, Bedfordshire

Court records

Court records, 1758-1882


Census returns for Holwell, 1841-1891


Land tax assessments for Holwell, 1797-1949


Vision of Britain historical maps


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