Yelden Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Yelden is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Yeldon, Yielden, Yielding

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1653
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

YIELDING, or Yelden, a parish in the district and county of Bedford; 4¼ miles ESE of Higham-Ferrers r. station. Post town, Higham-Ferrers. Acres, 1,912. Real property, £2,402. Pop., 286. Houses, 68. The manor belongs to J. S. Crawley, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £317. Patron, P. Bunting, Esq. The church is Norman. There are a dissenting chapel, an endowed school with £15 a year, and charities £10.

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


Yelden Kellys Bedfordshire Directory 1869

Yelden is a parish, situated in a valley, 12 miles north from Bedford, 6½ west from Kimbolton, and 4 east-south east from Higham Ferrers, in the hundred of Stodden, union and county court district of Bedford, rural deanery of Eaton, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely. The church of St. Mary is an ancient Norman structure: it has chancel, nave, south aisle, and porch, with square tower and low spire, and 4 bells: there is a recumbent figure in good preservation, supposed to be that of the founder; also brasses, one to a former rector, and one to a benefactor of the parish. The register dates from the year 1653. The living is a rectory, yearly value £300, with residence, in the gift of Peter Creak Bunting, Esq., and held by the Rev. John Fernie, M.A. of Caius College, Cambridge. There is a National school, endowed by the Rev. E. S. Bunting, late rector, with £15 per annum; also a Dissenting chapel. There is a charity of about £10 per annum, the produce of a piece of land called Constable's Land, which is distributed to the poor in coals. The chief landowners are George Shelton, Esq., and John Sambrook Crawley, Esq., who is lord of the manor. The soil is strong clay; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley, beans, and peas. The population in 1861 was 286; the area is 1,912 acres.

Parish Clerk, Alfred Ringrose.

Letters received through Higham Ferrers, at 8.30 a.m. dispatched at 5 p.m. on week days only. Higham Ferrers: is the nearest money order office.

National School (infants), Miss Emily Barber, mistress

Carrier to: —

Bedford — Daniel Knight, Saturday

Wellingborough — Daniel Knight, Wednesday

Fernie Rev. John, m.a. [rector]. Rectory

Abbott John, miller

Childs George, boot maker & beer retlr

Claridge William, farmer

Cowley George, shopkeeper

Eades Thomas, farmer, Manor farm

Knight Daniel, carrier

Rootham Joseph, wheelwright

Tirrell Samuel, blacksmith

Wagstaff Elizabeth (Miss), Chequers

Wyldes Jabez, shopkeeper & farmer

Source: Post Office Directory of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire; E. R. Kelly; Kelly & Co., London. 1869.

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Yieldon 1602-1812 -

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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: Stodden
Province: Canterbury