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 Ely1.

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

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Parish History

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].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

YIELDING, or Yelden (St. Mary), a parish, in the hundred of Stodden, union and county of Bedford, 4¾ miles (E.) from Higham-Ferrers; containing 320 inhabitants.

This parish, in the Domesday survey called Ewelden, comprises 1912 acres, of which 836 are arable, 800 meadow and pasture, 10 woodland, and 177 common, roads, and waste. Many of the women and children are employed in lace-making.

The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £13. 13. 4.; net income, £317; patron and incumbent, the Rev. E. S. Bunting. The church is an ancient structure, and contains an interesting monument, but without inscription.

There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

The moated site of an old baronial castle is still preserved.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Directories

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.

Parish Registers

Yieldon Parish Registers 1602-1812

Yieldon Registers 1602-1812, Bedfordshire Parish Registers V. 7 – Archive.org

Parish Records

FamilySearch

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England, Bedfordshire, Yeldon – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The monumental inscriptions of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Yelden, Bedfordshire
Author: Chambers, L. H.; Bedfordshire Family History Society

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

England, Bedfordshire, Yeldon – Church records ( 2 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Yeldon, 1602-1867
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Yeldon (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Yeldon, 1653-1983
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Yeldon (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Yeldon – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Parish register printouts of Yeldon, Bedford, England

England, Bedfordshire, Yeldon – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1386-1577
Author: Manor of Yielding. Court (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Yeldon – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Vestry minutes and charity records, 1803-1906
Author: Yeldon (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Yeldon – Schools ( 1 )
Log books and admission registers, 1872-1925
Author: Yeldon Church of England School (Yeldon, Bedfordshire)

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

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OS Grid ReferenceTL0117966097 (all-numeric format: 501180 266097)

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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: Stodden
  • Province: Canterbury

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

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