"CADDINGTON, a parish in the hundred of Dacorum, in the county of Hertford, but extending into the hundred of Flitt, in the county of Bedford, 2 miles to the west of Luton, its post town. The Dunstable branch of the Great Northern railway passes near it. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £319, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, London. The church, which stands in Bedfordshire, is dedicated to All Saints, and contains two monumental brasses. There is a district church at Market Street, the living of which is a curacy, worth £227, in the gift of D. G. Ady, Esq. Market Street, on the Hertfordshire side of the parish, was the site of a Benedictine priory, called Markgate Cell, founded by Geoffrey, Abbot of St. Alban's, about the middle of the 12th century, and which was valued at the Dissolution at £115. The charitable endowments of the parish, consisting chiefly of the revenue of the grammar school, amount to about £150 per annum."
"ALEY GREEN, a hamlet in the parish of Caddington, county Herts, 1 mile south of Caddington."
"CHAUL END, a village in the parish of Caddington, in the county of Bedford, 2 miles west of Luton, 1 mile north west of Caddington."
"MARKYATE, (anciently, Market Street), a chapelry in the parishes of Caddington, Flamstead, and Studham, partly in the hundred of Dacorum, county Herts, and partly in that of Manshead, county Beds, 3 miles south east of Luton. This place was anciently called Merkgate, and comprises three hamlets On a hill where now stands an ancient mansion called "The Priory" was formerly a Benedictine nunnery founded in 1145 by Geoffrey, Abbot of St. Albans, on land given by the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, London. Its revenue at the Dissolution was £143 138. 8d., when the site was given to G. Ferrers. In the village, which consists of one long street facing, the road from London to Birmingham, several industries are carried on, as the manufacture of hats, bonnets, and straw plait. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Ely, value £227. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is situated in the Priory Park, and was erected about the middle of the last century. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Baptists. The charities consist of £138 per annum, belonging to the grammar school. There is a National school.
"PEPPERSTOCK, a hamlet in the parish of Caddington, in the county of Bedford, 2 miles west of Luton, 2 miles south east of Caddington."
"SLIP END, a hamlet in the parish of Caddington, county of Bedfordshire, 1½ miles south east of Caddington"
"WOODSIDE, a hamlet in the parish of Caddington, county of Bedfordshire, 1 mile south east of Caddington."
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- John Waller has transcribed the 1911 Census for Caddington.
- The 1851 Census Index for Caddington can be found in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 7, Book 1 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- The 1851 Census Index for Woodside can be found under Caddington in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 7, Book 1 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- Church of England
- The church of All Saints is a building in the Norman, English and Perpendicular or Third Pointed styles, consists of chancel, nave, aisles and a western embattled tower containing 6 bells: it was partly restored and a vestry added in 1876, at a cost of £2,500, from designs by Mr. Ewan Christian, of Woodside. London: the chancel is fitted with oak, and there are brasses with effigies to John Hawitt, 1505, and his wife, Elizabeth, with 8 children; and to Edward Dormer, yeoman, 1518, and his wives, Joan and Elizabeth, with 14 children. The register dates from the year 1558. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- There are some photographs and additional information on the Bedfordshire Councils' website.
- There are two Wesleyan chapels and a Baptist Union chapel. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- There is a photograph and information about the Baptist Union Chapel on the Bedfordshire Councils' website.
- Church of England (Woodside)
- The parish of Woodside was formed from the ecclesiastical parish of All Saints, Caddington, in 1892. The church of St. Andrew, erected in 1890, at the cost of the late John Sambrooke Crawley esq. of Stockwood Park, is an edifice of brick and Ancaster stone, in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave and a western belfry, containing 4 tubular bells: a memorial window has been erected to the late J. S. Crawley esq. who died in 1895; there are 300 sittings; attached is a burial ground, formed in accordance with the provisions of the Act 50 and 51 Vic. and entered by a lich-gate. The register dates from the year 1890. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898
- There are Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist and Baptist chapels. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for All Saints are available on microfiche for the period 1558-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- A transcript of the Caddington parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Caddington parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- A transcript of the Caddington parish entries from Kelly's 1898 Directory of Bedfordshire
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Caddington to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL062193 (Lat/Lon: 51.862186, -0.459173), Caddington which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- 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 Caddington Local History Group
Caddington Local History Group originally formed in 1994. Its function is to trace and preserve any aspect of Caddington's past (and present) including the surrounding area. It meets once a month with informative talks given by local personalities.