Potton is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Bedfordshire.
Status: Ancient Parish
Parish church: St. Mary
Parish registers begin:
- Parish registers: 1614
- Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602
Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Baptist, Wesleyan Methodist
The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870
POTTON, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Biggleswade district, Beds. The town stands in a picturesque tract, near the Bedford and Cambridge railway, 1 mile S of the boundary with Cambridgeshire, and 4 NE of Biggleswade; was extensively destroyed by fire in 1783; carries on straw-plaiting; and has a post-office under St. Neots, a railway station, several inns, a market house with clock-turret, a church, three dissenting chapels, an endowed school with £30 a year, a national school, and charities £130. The church stands on an eminence, a short distance from the town; is Norman, in good condition; and has an embattled tower. The Independent chapel is a neat edifice, and was built in 1848. A weekly market is held on Saturday; fairs are held on the third Tuesday of Jan., the last Tuesday of April, Easter Monday and Tuesday, and the Tuesday before 29 Oct.; and there are corn mills. The parish comprises 2,200 acres. Real property, £7,437. Pop., 1,944. Houses, 377. The manor belonged to John of Gaunt, passed to the Burgoynes, and belongs now to S. Whitbread, Esq. P. Wood is a meet for the Cambridgeshire hounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £450. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The sub-district contains also ten other parishes. Acres, 26,125. Pop., 9,280. Houses, 1,919.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.
Hennell Frederick, Potten, Bedfordshire, linen draper, Aug. 14, 1827.
King George, Potten, Bedfordshire, money scrivener, Jan. 5, 1836.
Birth Marriage and Death Records
Migration and Naturalisation Records
Probate and Court Records
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