WESTONING is a large village and parish, in the hundred of Manshead, union and county court district of Ampthill, rural deanery of Fleete, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely, situated 4 miles south from Ampthill, 6 east from Woburn, and 2 north from the Harlington station of the Midland Railway1.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Mary Magdalene

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1560
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Wesleyan Methodist

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WESTONING, a parish, with a village, in Ampthill district, Beds; 2 miles WNW of Haslington r. station, and 3¾ S by W of Ampthill. It has a postal-pillar box under Woburn. Acres, 1,715. Real property, £3,732. Pop., 784. Houses, 162. The manor, with W. Manor House, belongs to the Rev. J. W. Campion. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £260. Patron, the Rev. J. W. Campion. The church was restored in 1859. There are a national school and charities £38.

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

Parish Registers

Westoning Parish Registers 1560 – 1812

Westoning Parish Registers 1560 – 1812 Bedfordshire Parish Registers V. 20 – Archive.org

Parish Records

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England, Bedfordshire, Westoning – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The monumental inscriptions of St. Mary Magdalene, Westoning, Bedfordshire, 1701-1910
Author: Matthews, A. Weight (Arthur Weight), 1865-1937; Bedfordshire Family History Society; Church of England. Parish Church of Westoning (Bedfordshire)

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

England, Bedfordshire, Westoning – Church records ( 4 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Westoning, 1602-1881
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Westoning (Bedfordshire)

Church records, 1798-1836
Author: Baptist Church (Westoning, England)

Churchwardens, overseers and surveyors accounts and other records, 1421-1894
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Westoning (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Westoning, 1560-1978
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Westoning (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Westoning – Church records – Indexes ( 2 )
Computer printout of Westoning or Wessoning, Particular Baptist, Beds., Eng

Computer printout of Westoning, Beds., Eng

England, Bedfordshire, Westoning – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Churchwardens, overseers and surveyors accounts and other records, 1421-1894
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Westoning (Bedfordshire)

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

Directories

The Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire 1869

Parish Clerk Henry Watts
National Schools, Fred. Wortman, master

Campion Rev John William Coventry, J.P. Manor house
Pearse Rev Thomas MA vicar

COMMERCIAL

Abbis Thomas Chequers & blacksmith
Aldridge William beer retailer
Aldridge William farmer
Ashby Joseph Mrs butcher

Burton Peter Nag’s Head
Butt John land agent to Rev J.W.C. Campion

Eaton Joseph shopkeeper

Higgs Richard shoe maker
Hilyard Martin wheelwright

Kitchener Alfred baker

Martindale Sarah Mrs frmr Wood end
Mucklestone Richard shopkeeper & corn dealer

Olney Elizabeth Mrs farmer

Pedder Richard farmer

Roberts Joseph baker
Ropkins Ann Elizabeth Mrs shopkor

Smith George corn dealer
Spring Josiah butcher
Spring William tailor
Stanley William farmer

Taylor William Bell

Source: The Post office directory of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire By Kelly’s directories, ltd 1869

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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: Manshead
  • Province: Canterbury

1. The Post office directory of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire By Kelly’s directories, ltd 1869

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