Houghton Conquest is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1539
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HOUGHTON-CONQUEST, a village and a parish in Ampthill district, Beds. The village stands near the Bedford and Watford railway, 2¼ miles NNE of Ampthill, and 2¾ NE of the Ampthill station of the Northwestern railway. The parish comprises 3,345 acres. Post town, Ampthill. Real property, £4,953. Pop., 784. Houses, 179. The property is divided among a few, but belongs chiefly to the Duke of Bedford and the Rev. Lord John Thynne. Houghton Park estate belonged anciently to the Conquests; passed, in 1615, to the celebrated Countess of Pembroke, sister of Sir Philip Sidney; went afterwards, through several hands, to the Duke of Bedford; was sold, soon after 1794, to Lord Ossory; has returned to the Duke of Bedford; and is now united to Ampthill Park. The mansion on it was built by the Countess of Pembroke; is said to have been a handsome edifice; was reduced to a shell in 1794; and is now a ruin. James I. was entertained, in 1605, by Sir Richard Conquest, at Houghton-Berie, the remains of which were lately taken down. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Houghton-Gildable, in the diocese of Ely. Value, £648. Patron, St. John’s College, Cambridge. The church is old, and has a tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a free school, six alms houses, and some other charities. Dr. Archer, chaplain to James I., and Dr. Zachary Grey, the commentator on Shakespeare, were rectors.

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

Parish Registers

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalogue Records – Free

Church records

Bishop’s transcripts for Houghton-Conquest, 1602-1875

Parish registers for Houghton-Conquest, 1539-1983

Church records – Indexes

Parish register printouts of Houghton Conquest, Bedford, England

History

Historical and topographical of Bedfordshire : containing Bedford, Ampthill, Houghton, Luton, and Chicksands Author: Parry, I. D.

Houghton Conquest reflections Author: Thompson, Robert C.; Wiggins, E., Mrs.

Occupations

Parish registers for Houghton-Conquest, 1539-1983

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Constable and overseers records, 1539-1915

Parish registers for Houghton-Conquest, 1539-1983

Probate records

Constable and overseers records, 1539-1915

Court records

Court records, 1467-1852

Census

Census returns for Houghton-Conquest, 1841-1891

Taxation

Land tax assessments for Houghton-Conquest, 1797-1949

Bedfordshire Archives & Family History Groups

Bedfordshire Archives

Bedfordshire Family History Society

Bedfordshire Historical Record Society

Bedfordshire

England, Bedfordshire Parish Registers, 1538-1983

Bedfordshire County Cemetery Records

Stotfold Cemetery Search

Bedfordshire Gaol Register

Bedfordshire Quarter Session Rolls 1714-1832

Bedfordshire Poll Book 1722

Bedfordshire Poll Book 1722

Bedfordshire 1926 Valuation Maps

Bedfordshire Apprentices

Bedfordshire Police Roll of Honour

Bedfordshire Pubs Archive

Lost Pubs of Bedfordshire

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977

Census

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911

Occupations

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

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

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