Houghton Conquest Bedfordshire Family History Guide

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 Records

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Newspaper Archives

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Census Records

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Probate and Court Records

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Military Records

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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

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