WILDEN is a scattered parish, situated in a pleasant vale, 5 miles north from Bedford, 8 south west from St Neots, and 9 south from Kimbolton, in the hundred of Barford, union and county court district of Bedford, rural deanery of Eaton, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely1.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1545
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WILDEN, a parish in the district and county of Bedford; 5 miles NE of Bedford r. station. It has a post-office under Bedford. Acres, 2,160. Real property, £2,765. Pop., 501. Houses, 112. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £400. Patron, Mrs. Chalk. The church is good; and there are an Independent chapel, an endowed school with £47 a year, and charities £26.

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

Parish Records

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

England, Bedfordshire, Wilden – Church records ( 5 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Wilden, 1602-1875
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilden (Bedfordshire)

Churchwardens, overseers and surveyors accounts and records, 1511-1906
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilden (Bedfordshire)

Parish register of Wilden, 1545-1812
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilden (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Wilden, 1545-1983
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilden (Bedfordshire)

Transcripts of parish register and bishop’s transcripts for Wilden, Bedfordshire, England, 1545-1812
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilden (Bedfordshire); Kurr, Frederick

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

England, Bedfordshire, Wilden – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1747-1818
Author: Manor of Wilden. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Wilden – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Churchwardens, overseers and surveyors accounts and records, 1511-1906
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilden (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Wilden – Taxation ( 2 )
Churchwardens, overseers and surveyors accounts and records, 1511-1906
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilden (Bedfordshire)

Land tax assessments for Wilden, 1797-1949
Author: Bedfordshire (England). County Council

Directories

The Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire 1869

WILDEN is a scattered parish, situated in a pleasant vale, 5 miles north from Bedford, 8 south west from St Neots, and 9 south from Kimbolton, in the hundred of Barford, union and county court district of Bedford, rural deanery of Eaton, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely.

Parish Clerk Robert Lovell

School, Litchfield Northern, master

CARRIER TO BEDFORD – Benjamin Steward saturday

Chalk Rev Richard Gregory B.A. J.P. rector
Chalk Mrs Wilden manor
Letts Mr John

COMMERCIAL

Ballingall James farmer

Chalk William farmer Rectory farm
Creamer Geo farmer Shrubbery farm

Fasey Henry farmer
Fasey William farmer
Favell Peter farmer
Fensom William farmer
Francis Mrs farmer

Harrison John shoe maker

Mayes George beer retailer
Mayes James farmer

Peacock Samuel farmer
Pell James farmer
Pestell James farmer

Smith Francis Coat of Arms & farmer
Smith John Chequers

Topham Henry farmer

Wyman Abraham Swan, & wheel-wright

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: Bedford
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Bedford
  • Diocese: Pre-1837 – Lincoln, Post-1836 – Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Eaton
  • Poor Law Union: Bedford
  • Hundred: Barford
  • Province: Canterbury
Footnotes

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

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