Buckden is an Ancient Parish in the county of Huntingdonshire.

Other places in the parish include: Stirtloe.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1660

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BUCKDEN, a village and a parish in St. Neots district, Huntingdonshire. The village stands near the Kettering and Cambridge railway, 4 miles SW of Huntingdon; and has a post-office under Huntingdon, a r. station, and an inn. The parish includes also Stirtloe hamlet. Acres, 3,590. Real property, £9,547. Pop., 1,099. Houses, 274. The manor was given, in the time of Henry I., to the bishops of Lincoln. The residence of the bishops, an ancient, moated, brick structure, was here till 1838; and then authority was given, by order in council, to pull it down and apply the proceeds towards the providing of a new palace. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £300. Patron, the Bishop of Peterborough. The church is a handsome edifice, with a spire; and was recently repaired. There are two Methodist chapels, an endowed school for boys, a national school for girls, four alms-houses, and other charities £140. Bishop Maltby of Durham was vicar.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BUCKDEN (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of St. Neot’s, hundred of Toseland, county of Huntingdon, 4 miles (S. W. by W.) from Huntingdon; containing 1209 inhabitants. In the reign of Henry I., the manor was granted by the abbot of Ely to one of the bishops of Lincoln, whose successors always resided here, till this part of the diocese was transferred to the see of Ely: the episcopal palace is a venerable structure, still standing. The parish is situated on the great north road, and bounded on the east by the navigable river Ouse; it comprises 3039 acres, the surface of which is in general flat. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £8; net income, £171; patron, the Bishop of Lincoln. The tithes were commuted for land and a money payment in 1813; the glebe contains 76 acres, with a glebe-house. The church has a tower surmounted by an elegant spire, and contains the remains of Bishops Barlow, Sanderson, and Green. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. William Burberry, in 1558, bequeathed property now producing £120 per annum, for distribution among the poor.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848



  • County: Huntingdonshire
  • Civil Registration District: St Neots
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of Buckden
  • Diocese: Pre-1837 – Lincoln, Post-1836 – Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1839 – None, Post-1838 – Leightonstone
  • Poor Law Union: St Neots
  • Hundred: Toseland
  • Province: Canterbury

Similar Posts