Silsoe is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Bedfordshire, created in 1846 from Flitton Ancient Parish.

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1846
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1846

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SILSOE, a village and a chapelry in Flitton parish, Beds. The village stands near the Midland railway, 3½ miles ESE of Ampthill; was once a market town; and has a post-office under Ampthill, a hotel, and fairs on 13 May and 21 Sept. The chapelry comprises 2,160 acres. Real property, £3,848. Pop., 713. Houses, 150. The manor, with Wrest Park, belongs to Countess Cowper. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Ely. Value, £150. Patron, Countess Cowper. The church was rebuilt in 1830, at a cost of £5,000. There are public schools and a dispensary.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

SILSOE, a chapelry district, in the parish of Flitton, union of Ampthill, hundred of Flitt, county of Bedford, 10 miles (S. by E.) from Bedford; containing 788 inhabitants. The chapelry comprises 2090a. 1r. 37p., of which 662 acres are arable, 1260 pasture and meadow, and 133 woodland.

A market and an annual fair were granted to the inhabitants in 1319; the former has been long discontinued, but the fair is still held on the festival of St. Peter and St. James, and an additional fair takes place on the 21st of September. The tithes were commuted for land and corn-rents in 1809.

The chapel, dedicated to St. James, was rebuilt in 1830, chiefly at the expense of Earl de Grey, and is a handsome structure in the later English style: the living is in his Lordship’s gift; income, £150.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Silsoe, or Silvishoe, co. Bedford.

P. T. Bedford (50) 10½ m. S b E. Pop. 568. Fairs, May 13 and Sep. 21, for cattle of all sorts.

A disused market-town and chapelry in the parish of Flitton and hundred of Flitt; living, a curacy subordinate to the vicarage of Flitton, in the archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Lincoln, not in charge; chapel ded. to St. James; patronage with Flitton vicarage.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. I; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Bankrupts

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.

Flint James, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, shopkeeper, July 11, 1834.

Haytread John, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, innkeeper and farmer, Aug. 2, 1833.

Parish Registers

Flitton with Silsoe Parish Registers 1581 – 1812

Flitton with Silsoe Parish Registers 1581 – 1812 Bedfordshire parish registers by Bedfordshire (England); Emmison, F. G. (Frederick George), 1907-1995, editor – Archive.org

Parish Records

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

England, Bedfordshire, Silsoe – Church records ( 3 )
Bishop’s transcriptsn for Flitton, 1603-1878
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Flitton (Bedfordshire); Church of England. Chapelry of Silsoe (Bedfordshire)

Churchwardens, overseers of the poor and surveyors accounts, rates, and other records, 1261-1931
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Silsoe (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Silsoe, 1846-1954
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Silsoe (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Silsoe – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Computer printout of Flitton with Silsoe, Beds., Eng

England, Bedfordshire, Silsoe – Land and property ( 1 )
Descriptive catalogue of the charters and muniments in the possession of and relating to the property lately belonging to the Lady Lucas …
Author: Jeayes, Isaac Herbert; Bedfordshire Record Office

England, Bedfordshire, Silsoe – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1536-1929
Author: Manor of Silsoe. Court (Bedfordshire); Manor of Steppingley. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Silsoe – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Churchwardens, overseers of the poor and surveyors accounts, rates, and other records, 1261-1931
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Silsoe (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Silsoe – Schools ( 1 )
Log books, 1863-1940
Author: Silsoe National School (Silsoe, Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Silsoe – Taxation ( 1 )
Land tax assessments for Silsoe, 1797-1946
Author: Bedfordshire (England). County Council

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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.

SILSOE, Ampthill

Hotel
George, Charles Browning

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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OS Grid ReferenceTL0817435674 (all-numeric format: 508174 235674)

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Administration

  • 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: Flitt
  • Province: Canterbury

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