Marston Moreteyne is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Other placesin the parish include: Marston Pillinge

Alternative names: Marston Moretaine, Marston Mortaine

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1653
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic, Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MARSTON-MORETAINE, a village and a parish in Ampthill district, Beds. The village stands on a branch of the river Ouse, 1 mile W of the Bedford and Bletchley railway, and 3½ NW of Ampthill; was once a market-town; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, and a post office under Ampthill, both of the name of Marston.

The parish comprises 4,171 acres. Real property, £6,586. Pop. in 1851, 1,183; in 1861, 1,270 Houses, 259. The property is divided among. a few. The manor belongs to H. Alington, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely Value, £1,130. Patron, St. John’s College, Cambridge. The church comprises later English nave and aisles, early English chancel, and a massive detached tower; contains two brasses of the 15th century, and a fine marble monument; and was repaired in 1865.

There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, a new national school, and charities £60.

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

Marston-Moretaine, 3 miles S.W. Bedford. P. 1147.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

MARSTON-MORETAINE (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Ampthill, hundred of Redbornestoke, county of Bedford, 4 miles (N. W.) from Ampthill; containing 1147 inhabitants, and comprising 4171a. 2r. 21p. The females are employed in lace-making by hand, and in platting straw.

The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £33. 17. 3½., and in the gift of St. John’s College, Cambridge: the tithes have been commuted for £1120, and the glebe comprises 68 acres. The church is a very elegant structure, mostly in the later English style, and contains some curious brasses; the tower, which is of earlier date, and the walls of which are six feet in thickness, is detached.

There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Registers

Marston Moreteyne Parish Registers 1602-1812

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

Parish Records


England, Bedfordshire, Marston Moretaine – Cemeteries ( 1 )
Monumental inscriptions in the parish of Marston Moreteyne
Author: Simmonds, Anne

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

England, Bedfordshire, Marston Moretaine – Church records ( 2 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Marston Moretaine, 1602-1865
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Marston-Moretaine (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Marston-Moretaine, 1653-1976
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Marston-Moretaine (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Marston-Moretaine – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Computer printout of Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England

England, Bedfordshire, Marston-Moretaine – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1550-1631
Author: Manor of Marston. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Marston-Moretaine – Occupations ( 1 )
Parish registers for Marston-Moretaine, 1653-1976
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Marston-Moretaine (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Marston-Moretaine – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Parish registers for Marston-Moretaine, 1653-1976
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Marston-Moretaine (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Marston-Moretaine – Schools ( 1 )
Log books and admission registers, 1847-1958
Author: Church End Board School (Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire)

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


Kelly’s Directory of the Wine and Spirit Trades, with which are included Brewers and Maltsters 1884

Marked thus * are Small Brewers who brew the beer they sell.


Hop Merchant & Maltster
Brown John

Source: The Post office directory of the brewers and maltsters [afterw.] Kelly’s directory of the wine and spirit trades, with which are included brewers and maltsters By Kelly’s directories, ltd. 1884

The Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire 1869

MARSTON MORTEYNE is a village parish, and railway and telegraph station, and was formerly a market town, 4 miles north west from Ampthill, and 7 south west from Bedford, in the hundred of Redbornestoke, union and court district of Ampthill, rural deanery of East Fleete, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely. The station here, on the Bedford and Bletchley branch of the North Western line, is usually called the Ampthill station.

Here is a National school for the education of 160 boys and girls, a Wesleyan Methodist and also a Primitive Methodist chapel. a Wesleyan Methodist and also a Primitive Methodist chapel The charities amounting to about £60 per annum are appropriated to apprenticing boys, and clothing and distributing food to the poor.

Parish Clerk, John Two

Post Office Stephen Two receiver. Letters arrive from Ampthill at 8.30 am & leave at 5 pm; letters also arrive from Bedford for Upper & Lower Shelton at 10.30 pm. Ampthill is the nearest money order office.

National School, Lidlington & Marston, George Andrews Ferraby, master; Mrs Harriett Ferraby, mistress

Railway Station William Robb station master

Bosworth Mrs Wood end
Stimson William Arthur esq
Tylecote Rev Thomas BD JP [rector & rural dean] The Rectory
Whitehouse Mrs Wood end

Abbott Samuel shoe maker
Armstrong Thomas Franklin farmer Lower Shelton

Baker Amelia Miss farmer Marston pk
Britten Alfred, Bell, Church end
Brown John farmer maltster & hop merchant Marston Pillinge
Burridge John blacksmith Calcut

Cook James corn merchant Church end

Duncombe George farmer Wood end
Duncombe William Goodman farmer Beancroft

Faulkner Daniel grocer Church end

Faulkner William shoe maker & beer retailer Upper Shelton
Foskett Robert Sugar Loaf Wroxhill
Franklin William brick maker & farmer Lower Shelton

Gray John, Morteyne Arms & posting house & coal merchant Marston Pillinge

Hariss James beer retailer & cattle dlr
Hart Thomas farmer Ashbrook
Hillson John fariner Pinchgut hall
Hillson Joseph baker

Jackson Isaac shopkeeper

Linetam Geo blacksmith Up Shelton

Manyweathers William shoe maker Lower Shelton
Munday John carpenter Wood end

Neale George farmer Church end

Negus Samuel farm bailiff to G Allen esq Upper Shelton

Randall John & William farmers Church farm
Randall James carpenter Church end
Readman James Benjamin farmer Marston Pillinge

Sanders William Three Horseshoes Calcut
Sheard John farmer Lower Shelton
Sinfield Ambrose tailor Church end
Smith James wheelwright & beer retailer Lower Shelton
Stimson William farmer Moat farm Church end
Stimson Wm jun solicitor Church end

Two Stephen shopkeeper Church end

Webb John farmer Wood end

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


OS Grid ReferenceSP9954241525 (all-numeric format: 499542 241525)

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

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