"ARLESEY, a parish in the hundred of Clifton, in the county of Bedford, 4 miles to the south east of Shefford. It is a station on the Great Northern railway, 5 miles from Hitchin; Baldock is its post town. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely, value with the rectory of Astwick, £420, in the patronage of James Curtis, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Peter, and contains several monuments, and a font with sculptures in several compartments. Arlsey was formerly a market-town. There is an ancient entrenchment at Etonbury, on the Baldock road. Arlsey House is the principal residence."
"CHURCH END, a village in the parish of Arlesey, county of Bedfordshire, 2½ miles north of Arlesey."
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- The 1851 Census Index for Arlesey can be found in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 3, Book 3 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- Church of England
- The church of St.Peter is a plain edifice, of stone, in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south chapel, south porch and a massive western tower of stone, pebbles and cement, erected in 1877 and containing 5 bells: the font has an octagonal basin, the sides of which are richly panelled and carved, and below are figures of cherubim; there are two stained windows, in the chancel, and one at the west end: the church contains some fine marble monuments to the Brown and Edwards families. The register of baptisms dates from 1538; marriages and burials 1559. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- The Wesleyan chapel, erected in 1850, will seat 300, and there is, a Primitive Methodist chapel, erected in 1875. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for St Peter are available on microfiche for the period 1538-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- A transcript of the Arlesey parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Arlesey parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Arlesey parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Arlesey to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL192357 (Lat/Lon: 52.006945, -0.264799), Arlesey which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- The BFHS Project in conjunction with Roll of Honour contains the Arlesey War Memorial transcription for WW1 and WW2 with details of the men found on it.