OLD WARDEN is a village and parish extending, from 4 to 7 miles north from Shefford, 8 south east from Bedford, and one mile and a half from the Southill station the Bedford and Hitchin branch of the Midland Railway, in the hundred of Wixamtree, union and county court district of Biggleswade, rural deanery of Shefford, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely1.

Status: Ancient Parish

Other places in the parish include: Hill.

Parish church: St. Leonard

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1576
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include:

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WARDEN, a parish, with a village, in Biggleswade district, Beds; 1½ mile NNE of Southill r. station, and 3½ N of Shefford. Post town, Biggleswade. Acres, 3,330. Real property, £4,760. Pop., 597. Houses, 118. The manor belongs to W. H. Whitbread, Esq. W. House is the seat of Lord Ougley. A Cistertian abbey was founded here, in 1135, by W. L’Espec; and is now a fine ruin. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Southill. The church is good; and there is a national school.

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

Parish Registers

Old Warden Parish Registers 1576-1812

Old Warden Parish Registers 1576-1812 Bedfordshire parish registers by Bedfordshire (England); Emmison, F. G. (Frederick George), 1907-1995, editor – Archive.org

Parish Records


Use for:
England, Bedfordshire, Old Warden
England, Bedfordshire, Warden (Old)

England, Bedfordshire, Warden – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The monumental inscriptions of St. Leonard, Old Warden, Bedfordshire
Author: Matthews, A. Weight (Arthur Weight), 1865-1937; Bedfordshire Family History Society

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

England, Bedfordshire, Warden – Church history ( 1 )
St. Leonard’s Church, Old Warden
Author: Shuttleworth, Dorothy

England, Bedfordshire, Warden – Church records ( 2 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Warden, 1603-1847
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Warden (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Warden, 1576-1983
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Warden (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Warden – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Computer printout of Old Warden, Bedford, England

England, Bedfordshire, Warden – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1533-1796
Author: Manor of Warden. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Warden – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Vestry minutes, guardians and charities, 1650-1920
Author: Warden (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Warden – Schools ( 1 )
Log books and admission register, 1891-1985
Author: Old Warden County Primary School (Old Warden, Bedfordshire)

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


Directors of Companies

The following people were listed in the Directory of Directors 1881 as directors of companies who were either living in Old Warden or the company was based in Old Warden or both.

Shuttleworth – Mr Joseph_Shuttleworth, J.P., D.L., Hartsholme Hall, near Lincoln, and Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, Beds, is a director of the –
Agricultural Hall Company Limited (deputy chairman)
Great Northern Railway Company
Sutton Bridge Dock Company

The Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire 1869

Parish Clerk William King

National School, Mrs Mary Anne Whiteman, mistress

Baker Rev John Gerrard Andrewes MA vicar Vicarage
Browning Henry esq F.R.G.S. Old Warden park; & 73 Grosvenor street, Grosvenor square, London 10
Ongley Hon George Mount Pleasant
Reynolds Mr Matthew

Barnett Sarah Mrs beer retailer
Bryant John boot & shoe maker

Davis George farmer Hill farm
Dickins David gardener

Fisher John Hare & Hounds inn

Hart John blacksmith
Heading Charles farmer
Heading William farmer

King William shopkeeper

Mantle William carpenter

Neal Robert farmer
Neal William Johnson farm bailiff Sweetbriar farm

Whitteridge Susan Mrs farmer
Woodward George farmer Abbey farm
Woodward Harry farm bailiff Park farm

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


OS Grid ReferenceTL1367843526 (all-numeric format: 513678 243527)

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

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

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