Little Barford Bedfordshire Family History Guide

This is very small parish, lying in the north-east corner of Bedfordshire. The adjoining parishes are Tempsford and Eaton Socon in Bedfordshire, and Eynesbury Hardwick, Waresley and Tetworth in Huntingdonshire.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Denys

Parish registers begin:

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

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Little Barford

Historical Descriptions of Little Barford

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 Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914


Date Population
1801 80
1818 73
1831 176


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.


  • 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