Bovingdon is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Hertfordshire, created in 1834 from a chapelry in Hemel Hempstead Ancient Parish.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Lawrence

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1674
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1604

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BOVINGDON, a parish in Hemel-Hempstead district, Herts; on the verge of the county, near the Northwestern railway and the Grand Junction canal, 2½ miles SW of Boxmoor r. station, and 3¼ SSE of Berkhampstead. It has a post-office under Hemel-Hempstead. Acres, 3,958. Real property, £6,087. Pop., 1,155. Houses, 241. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, not reported. Patron, the Hon. G. D. Ryder. The church is good; and there are a chapel-of-ease, two Independent chapels, a Wesleyan chapel, three industrial schools, and charities £14.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BOVINGDON, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Hemel-Hempstead, hundred of Dacorum, county of Hertford, 4 miles (S. W.) from Hemel-Hempstead; containing 1072 inhabitants. This chapelry comprises 3513 acres, of which 110 are common or waste; it contains the villages of Felden and Bourn-End, and is situated near the Grand Junction canal, and the London and Birmingham railway. Straw-platting is extensively carried on by the women and children. The living is a perpetual curacy, constituted in 1834, and endowed with the vicarial tithes; also by the governors of Queen Anne’s Bounty; and by the patron, the Hon. Granville D. Ryder. The impropriate tithes belong to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul’s, and have been commuted for £710; the vicarial have been commuted for £190, and there are 11 acres of glebe. The chapel, dedicated to St. Lawrence, and formerly only a chapel of ease, is a very ancient edifice, exhibiting marks of Anglo-Saxon origin. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans in the village, and for Independents in Box Lane.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

Parish Records


  • County: Hertfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Hemel Hempstead
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon (Hitchin Division)
  • Diocese: Post-1844 – Rochester, Pre-1845 – Lincoln
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 – Berkhampstead, Post-1844 – St Albans
  • Poor Law Union: Hemel Hampstead
  • Hundred: Dacorum
  • Province: Canterbury

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