Wilstead or Wilshamstead is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire. WILSHAMSTEAD (formerly called WILLIAM STEAD) is a village and parish, 4 miles south from Bedford, 5 north from Ampthill, and 54 by rail viâ Bedford, from London, and 46 by road, on the main road to Luton, in the hundred of Redbornestoke, union and county court district of Bedford, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely1.

Alternative names: Wilshamstead, Willshamstead, Wilshampstead, William-Stead.

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1593
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WILSHAMPSTEAD, or Wilstead, a parish, with a village, in the district and county of Bedford; on the Midland railway, 4 miles S of Bedford. It has a post-office under Bedford. Acres, 3,027. Real property, £4,604. Pop. in 1851, 923; in 1861, 1,032. Houses, 216. The property is divided chiefly among five. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £400. Patron, the Rev. Lord John Thynne. The church was repaired and enlarged in 1851. There are a Wesleyan chapel, an endowed school with £20 a year, and charities £11.

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, Wilshampstead – Cemeteries ( 1 )
Memorial inscriptions in the parish of All Saints, WIlstead, Bedfordshire

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

England, Bedfordshire, Wilshampstead – Church records ( 6 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Wilshampstead, 1602-1871
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilshampstead (Bedfordshire)

Church records, 1719-1806
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilshampstead (Bedfordshire)

Churchwardens, overseers and surveyors accounts and records, 1572-1935
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilshampstead (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Wilshampstead, 1594-1939
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilshampstead (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers of Wilstead, 1593-1812
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilshampstead (Bedfordshire)

Unpublished registers of Bedfordshire, Wilstead parish register, baptisms, marriages, and burials, 1593-1750, banns, 1756-1794
Author: Kurr, Frederick

England, Bedfordshire, Wilshampstead – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Computer printout of Wilshampstead or Wilstead, Bedford, England

England, Bedfordshire, Wilshampstead – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1741-1764
Author: Manor of Wilshampstead. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Wilshampstead – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Churchwardens, overseers and surveyors accounts and records, 1572-1935
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wilshampstead (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Wilshampstead – Schools ( 1 )
Log book and admission registers, 1903-1958
Author: Wilshampstead Voluntary School (Wilshampstead, Bedfordshire)

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

Directories

The Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire 1869

WILSHAMSTEAD (formerly called WILLIAM STEAD) is a village and parish, 4 miles south from Bedford, 5 north from Ampthill, and 54 by rai,l viâ Bedford, from London, and 46 by road, on the main road to Luton, in the hundred of Redbornestoke, union and county court district of Bedford, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely.

There is National school for boys and girls, partly endowed and by voluntary contributions of the parishioners; also a chapel for Wesleyans which was erected in the year 1846.

Parish Clerk, Joseph Masters

National School, James Herbert, master; Charlotte Herbert, mistress

CARRIERS:-
Thomas Daniel, to Lovell’s coal wharf, Bedford, saturday
Benjamin Gilbert, to Luton, friday
George Rogers, to Horse & Jockey, Bedford, daily, except thursday

Passy Rev Frederic Charles George B.A. J.P. [vicar] Vicarage

COMMERCIAL

Armstrong John farmer
Arnold George beer retailer

Bennett Jonathan shopkeeper
Bennett Joseph farmer
Burr Joseph & Charles farmers
Bushby Henry shopkeeper

Cherry Joseph carpenter
Cousins Joseph tailor
Cox Frederick Red Lion & baker
Crowsley Charles beer retailer
Crowsley Thomas cattle dealer

Dynes Thomas farmer & corn dealer

Gilbert Hannah Mrs poulterer
Groom John beer retailer

Hallworth Jonathan farmer & corn dlr
Hibbs Samuel beer retailer

McDonald John farmer Manor farm

Newman Thomas farmer
Nottingham Wm Carpenters Arms

Peacock Joseph farmer
Peacock Samuel farmer
Phipps Thomas grocer & draper
Potter Levi boot & shoe maker

Quenby George farmer
Quenby Thomas baker

Robinson David farmer & cattle dealer
Robinson Joseph poor rates collector

Simms Joseph butcher
Smith John tailor

Taylor Henry blacksmith
Toll Samuel carpenter
Travis Edward wheelwright & beer rtlr
Tuffnail Charles blacksmith
Tuffnail George blacksmith

Whitemore Joseph farmer
Willmer William Thomas draper & grocer
Willis Mary Mrs Black Hat
Willis Mary Ann Mrs farmer

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: Bedford
  • Poor Law Union: Bedford
  • Hundred: Redbornestoke
  • 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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