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[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"SUNDON, a parish in the hundred of Flitt, county Bedford, 4 miles from Dunstable, its post town, and 5 north west of Luton. The village is situated near the ancient Icknield Street, under the chalk hills. The living is a vicarage, annexed to that of Streatley, in the diocese of Ely, value £162. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The parochial charities produce about £2 per annum. The Wesleyans have a chapel."

"LOWER SUNDON, a hamlet in the parish of Sundon, consists of the vicarage, a handsome house in the Elizabethan style, two farm-houses and a few cottages. ½ mile south east of Upper Sundon"

"UPPER SUNDON, a hamlet in the parish of Sundon, county of Bedfordshire, ½ mile north west of Lower Sundon."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013




You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Sundon area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • Church of England
    • The church of St. Mary is an ancient edifice, chiefly in the Decorated style, and consisting of Perpendicular chancel, nave of four bays, aisles, south chapel or transept and a western tower containing one bell: the font is Early English, and there is an interesting Decorated chest, and on the south door a lock of the same date: there are stone seats round the north aisle, and in part round the south aisle: there are a few ma rble tablets, inscribed to Catherine Faldo, 1697; Thomas Cheyne esq. 1717; Elizabeth Cheyne, 1700; and Thomas Cheyne, 1677-8 : during some repairs to the floor of the south transept an arched vault was discovered, containing two velvet-covered coffins, respectively inscribed, on silver plates, to the Right Hon. William Clayton, Baron Sundon, of Ardagh, and M.P. for St. Mawes, who died April 29, 1752; and to Lady Charlotte, his wife, who died Jan. 1, 1741: in 1897 these plates were erected as mural tablets: there are 300 sittings. The register dates from the year 1582. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
  • Non-conformist
    • Here are Wesleyan and Baptist chapels. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]

Church Records

Description and Travel

  • LOWER SUNDON consists of the vicarage, a handsome house in the Elizabethan style, two farm-houses and a few cottages. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
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Historical Geography

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