Potton Bedfordshire Family History Guide

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

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

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.

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England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

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England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977

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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: Biggleswade
Province: Canterbury