Woburn is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Bedfordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Toddington.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WOBURN, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Beds. The town stands 2¾ miles SE of Woburn-S and S r. station, and 14 SW of Bedford; grew adjacent to a Cistertian abbey, founded in 1145, by Hugh de Bolebec; is now a seat of petty-sessions; carries on lace-making and straw-plait-making; consists of well built streets, intersecting one another at right angles; and has a head post-office, a hotel, a town hall, a market house rebuilt in 1830, a church rebuilt in 1868, Independent and Wesleyan chapels, a literary and scientific institution, endowed schools for boys and for girls, alms houses for 20 persons, a workhouse, a weekly market on Friday, and 4 annual fairs.

W.-Abbey was given, at the dissolution of monasteries, to Lord Russell; was visited, in 1572, by Queen Elizabeth,-in 1645, by Charles I.; was rebuilt, in the manner of a noble mansion, in 1774, by the fourth Duke of Bedford; is a quadrangular structure, 200 feet on each side, with an Ionic front; includes a saloon 35½ feet by 25½, a library 50 feet by 24½, and a picture gallery 111½ feet by 17¾; contains a rich collection of paintings, scu1ptures, and other works of art; and stands in a richly ornate park, 12 miles in circumference.

The parish comprises 3,200 acres. Real property, £8,987; of which £100 are in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 2,049; in 1861, 1,764. Houses, 364. The decrease of pop. was caused mainly by the removal of an extensive iron foundry. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £251. Patron, the Duke of Bedford. The sub-district contains ten parishes. Acres, 16,791. Pop., 6,771. Houses, 1,475. The district includes Toddington sub-district, and comprises 29,603 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £8,473. Pop. in 1851, 12,075; in 1861, 11,684. Houses, 2,487. Marriages in 1866, 98; births, 368, of which 34 were illegitimate; deaths, 237,  of which 86 were at ages under 5 years, and 8 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 785; births, 3,903; deaths, 2,555. The places of worship, in 1851, were 18 of the Church of England, with 4,610 sittings; 3 of Independents, with 788 s.; 4 of Baptists, with 734 s.; 11 of Wesleyans, with 1,800 s.; and 4 of Primitive Methodists, with 410 s. The schools were 12 public day-schools, with 1,076 scholars; 8 private day-schools, with 215 s.; 34 Sunday schools, with 2,800 s.: and 4 evening schools for adults, with 113 s.

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


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.

Callaway James William, Woburn, Bedfordshire, draper, Feb. 16, 1841.

Еlеп Philip, Woburn, Bedfordshire, linen draper, June 18, 1825.

Gilbert John, sen., Woburn, Bedfordshire, innkeeper, Dec. 30, 1834.

Hurley Joseph, Woburn, Bedfordshire, plumber and glazier. April 19, 1842.

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

England, Bedfordshire, Woburn – Church records ( 5 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Woburn, 1602-1833
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Woburn (Bedfordshire)

Church records, 1791-1837
Author: Chapel Street Chapel (Woburn, England : Independent)

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1616-1868
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Woburn (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Woburn, 1558-1963
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Woburn (Bedfordshire)

Woburn Congregational Church book, 1791-1837
Author: Congregational Church (Woburn, Bedfordshire); Byrne, G.; Woods, S.

England, Bedfordshire, Woburn – Church records – Indexes ( 3 )
Computer printout of Woburn, Beds., Eng

Computer printout of Woburn, Chapel Street Independent, Beds., Eng

Parish register printouts of Woburn, Bedford, England (Independent Church, Chapel Street) ; christenings, 1791-1837
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Bedfordshire, Woburn – History ( 2 )
The book of Woburn
Author: Spavins, Kenneth G.; Applin, Anne

An historical and topographical account of the town of Woburn
Author: Dodd, Stephen, 1777-1856

England, Bedfordshire, Woburn – Land and property ( 1 )
Catalogue of the Bedford estate (Russell family) papers

England, Bedfordshire, Woburn – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1571-1888
Author: Manor of Woburn. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Woburn – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Churchwardens and overseers records, 1616-1868
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Woburn (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Woburn – Schools ( 1 )
Log books and admission registers, 1850-1928
Author: Woburn Council School (Woburn, Bedfordshire)

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

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  • County: Bedfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Woburn
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Bedford
  • Diocese: Pre-1837 – Lincoln, Post-1836 – Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Fleete
  • Poor Law Union: Woburn
  • Hundred: Manshead
  • Province: Canterbury

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