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Wilstead

WILSTEAD

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

"WILSTEAD, (or Wilshamstead) a parish in the hundred of Redbornestoke, county Beds, 4 miles south east of Bedford. The village is traversed by the road between Bedford and Luton. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £350. The church, dedicated to All Saints, was erected in the reign of Henry VII., and had once a tower, which fell down in 1742. It contains a brass of a priest bearing date 1450. The Wesleyans have a chapel. The charities produce about £31, of which £20 is the endowment of Wells' school.

"CHAPEL END, a hamlet in the parish of Wilstead, county of Bedfordshire, 1 mile east of Wilstead."

"DUCK END, a hamlet in the parish of Wilstead, county of Bedfordshire, ½ mile north west of Wilstead."

"LITTLEWORTH, a hamlet in the parish of Wilstead, county of Bedfordshire, 1¾ mile east north east of Wilstead."

"WILHAMSTEAD COTTON END, a hamlet in the parish of Wilstead, county of Bedfordshire, 1½ mile east north east of Wilstead."

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

Cemeteries

Census

Churches

  • All Saints Church, Wilstead.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wilstead 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 All Saints is an edifice of stone in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 2 bells: the hammer-beam roof is a fine example, and richly carved: there is a very ancient font and a piscina, and in the north aisle is a brass, with the effigy of a priest, and an inscription in Latin; in 1873 the chancel was e ntirely rebuilt, and organ chamber and vestry erected, and the nave restored and re-seated, at a cost of about £1,800. The register dates from the year 1594. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898
  • Non-conformist
    • Here is a Wesleyan chapel. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]

Church Records

Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

Genealogy

  • The BURR family who lived for many generations throughout the 18th & 19th Centuries in Wilstead. The family originated in nearby Pulloxhill but the present generations can be found both in Wilstead and in the U.S.A.
  • A local history book on the village of Wilstead has been written and this book can be ordered - contact Christine Papworth, email address wilsteadbook@ntlworld.com

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Wilstead has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL067436 (Lat/Lon: 52.080444, -0.444353), Wilstead which are provided by:

Military History

  • The BFHS Project in conjunction with Roll of Honour contains the Wilstead War Memorial transcription for WW1 and WW2 with details of the men found on it