Little Barford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Parish church: St. Denys

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1661
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

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The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BARFORD (Little), a parish in the district of St. Neot’s and county of Bedford; on the river Ouse, and on the Great Northern railway, at the verge of the county, 3 miles S of St. Neot’s. Post Town, St. Neot’s. Acres, 1,188. Real property, £1,251. Pop., 91. Houses, 26. The property is all in one estate. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £254. Patron, W. Allington, Esq. The church is old but good. Charities, £7.

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 (Little), 5m. N.W. Potton. P. 190.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Barford (Little), a parish in the hund. of Biggleswade, union of St. Neots, county of Bedford; 2 miles south-west from St. Neots, Hants. Living, a rectory in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln; rated at £13 16s. 3d.; gross income £256. Patron, in 1835, J. Alington. Tithes of this parish, the property of the clerical rector, were commuted in 1778. There is a daily school here. Charities connected with the parish produce £6 15s. per annum; the greater part is allotted to the education of poor children. Pop., in 1801, 80; in 1831, 176. Houses 25. Acres 1,190. A. P. £1,260. Poor rates, in 1837, £47

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

Parish Registers

Little Barford Parish Registers 1602-1812

Little Barford Parish Registers 1602-1812 Bedfordshire parish registers by Bedfordshire (England); Emmison, F. G. (Frederick George), 1907-1995, editor –


Date Population
1801 80
1818 73
1831 176
1861 91


1818 Digest of Returns to Circular Letter from the Select Committee on Education of the Poor, &c.

Schools – The Rev. Mr. Bamford, who died 1720, left 3l. per ann. to the minister, church wardens and overseer of the parish, to teach 6 poor children to read and write, which has not been executed for several years past, and the income has accumulated to 35l. for which the present rector pays 5l. per cent interest.

A school has lately been established, in which all the children who are of sufficient age receive instruction three evenings in the week and on Sundays; the numbers amount at present to 20.

Observations – The poor are generally desirous that their children should be educated.

Parish Records


England, Bedfordshire, Little Barford – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The monumental inscriptions of St. Mary, Little Barford, Bedfordshire, 1730-1911
Author: Matthews, A. Weight (Arthur Weight), 1865-1937; Bedfordshire Family History Society; Church of England. Parish Church of Little Barford (Bedfordshire)

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

England, Bedfordshire, Little Barford – Church records ( 2 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Little Barford, 1602-1869
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Little Barford (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Little Barford, 1661-1965
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Little Barford (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Little Barford – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Parish register printouts of Little Barford, Bedfordshire, England

England, Bedfordshire, Little Barford – Schools ( 1 )
School records, 1914-1932
Author: Little Barford Council School (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Little Barford – Taxation ( 1 )
Land tax assessments for Little Barford, 1797-1949
Author: Bedfordshire (England). County Council


Little Barford Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

The Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire 1869

LITTLE BARFORD is a village and parish, 10 north east from Bedford, and 2 south from St Neots, bounded on the west by the river Ouse, in the hundred of Biggleswade, union and county court district of St Neots, rural deanery of Shefford, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely.

Parish Clerk William Parker

Alington Rev Charles BA
Alington William esq

Royds Rev Nathaniel MA rector

Jarvis Phillip shopkeeper

Stratton Edward beer retailer & farm bailiff to William Alington etq

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


OS Grid ReferenceTL1801757091 (all-numeric format: 518017 257091)

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

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