Silsoe, Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin:

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

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Silsoe

Historical Descriptions of Silsoe

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 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.


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.

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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