Shefford, a chapelry in the parish of Campton, county of Bedford

Status: chapelry

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Nonconformists include: Baptist, Methodist, and Roman Catholic

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Parish History

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

SHEFFORD, a small town and a township-chapelry in Campton parish, Beds. The town stands on the river Ivel, and on the Midland railway, 9 ½ miles SE of Bedford; consists of spacious, well-paved, cleanly streets; and has a post-office under Biggleswade, a r. station with telegraph, a good inn, an ancient church restored and enlarged in 1850, Baptist, Methodist, and Roman Catholic chapels, and a weekly market on Friday, chiefly for the sale of straw-plait.

The chapelry comprises 1,120 acres. Real property, £2,454. Pop., 1,015. Houses, 216. The manor belongs to the Queen. Many fine Roman relics were found in a field adjoining the town, and were purchased for the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge.

The living is annexed to Campton. The poet Bloomfield died here.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Shefford, a chapelry in the parish of Campton, county of Bedford; 5 miles south-west by south of Biggleswade, on the southern bank of the Ivel. Living, a curacy annexed to the rectory of Campton. Tithes commuted in 1797.

Here are a Baptist church, formed in 1825; an endowed Roman Catholic chapel; and 2 daily and 2 Sunday schools. There are also several schools in which about 100 children are taught to plait straw for bonnets. Fairs for cattle are held here on January 23d, Old Lady-day, and May 19th; and a holiday fair on October 11th.

Acreage with the parish. Houses 134. A. P. £868. Pop., in 1801, 474; in 1831, 763. Poor rates, in 1838, £143 13s.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Shefford, 9 miles Bedford. P. 889.

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

Parish Records

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England, Bedfordshire, Shefford – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The monumental inscriptions of the Methodist and Baptist chapels, Shefford, Bedfordshire
Author: Selden, R.; Bedfordshire Family History Society

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

England, Bedfordshire, Shefford – Church records ( 3 )
Churchwardens, overseers of the poor and surveyors accounts, rate books and other records, 1698-1944
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Shefford

Parish register of Campton cum Shefford
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Campton (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Shefford, 1873-1933
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Shefford (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Shefford – Genealogy ( 1 )
Collection of deeds relating mainly to Shefford and district

England, Bedfordshire, Shefford – History ( 1 )
Roman and Roman-British remains, at and near Shefford, Co. Beds
Author: Dryden, Henry Edward Leigh, Sir, bart, 1818-1899

England, Bedfordshire, Shefford – Land and property ( 2 )
Collection of deeds relating mainly to Shefford and district

Muniments of the Osborn family up to the 19th century

England, Bedfordshire, Shefford – Manors ( 1 )
Muniments of the Osborn family up to the 19th century

England, Bedfordshire, Shefford – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1734-1742
Author: Manor of Shefford. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Shefford – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Churchwardens, overseers of the poor and surveyors accounts, rate books and other records, 1698-1944
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Shefford

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

Directories

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.

SHEFFORD SO
Market day Friday

Brewer
King Charles High st *

Cooper
Higgins John Bridge st

Hotel
White Hart Edward Flack

Maltster
Hare John

Wine & Spirit Merchant
Flack Edward

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

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Administration

  • 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: Clifton
  • Province: Canterbury

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