"DEAN, a parish in the hundred of Stodden, in the county of Bedford, 9 miles north of St. Neot's, and 12 north of Bedford. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ely, value £125, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, square tower, and spire, and has a beautiful carved oak roof, and a brass to Canon Parker. The charities amount to £69 per annum. There is a free school, founded by Joseph Neale in 1702. At Nether Dean there is a Wesleyan chapel. By the Act 40 George III., the tithes of this and of the adjoining parish of Over Dean were commuted for land and a money payment. Lord St. John is lord of the manor."
"LOWER DEAN, (or Nether Dean) a hamlet in the parish of Dean, hundred of Stodden, in the county of Bedford, 4 miles west of Kimbolton, 1½ miles north of Upper Dean.
"UPPER DEAN, (or Over Dean) a hamlet in the parish of Dean, hundred of Stodden, in the county of Bedford, 4 miles west of Kimbolton, 1½ miles south of Lower Dean.
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- There are photographs and a description of All Hallows on the Bedfordshire Parish Churches website.
- Church of England
- The church of All Saints, situated in Upper Dean, is a building of mixed styles, chiefly Decorated and Perpendicular, and consists of chancel, clerestoriod nave of four bays, aisles, south porch and a Decorated western tower, with short octagonal spire relieved bv two tiers of small dormers, containing 4 bells and a clock : the chancel, aisles, clerestory and roof are Perpendicular, the chancel arch is Early English, the nave arches Decorated; the roof, a fine open one, has very richly carved bosses and figures of angels, and the wall plates are ornamented with foliage and shields: in the north aisle is a cinquefoiled sepulchral recess and a hagioscope; and in the south porch a holy water stoup : in the south aisle is a piscina, and an altar-tomb with brass to Sir Thomas Parker, prebendary of the collegiate church of St. Mary in Shrewsbury, and rector of Dean, who died in 1501: there is also a monument to Francis Dillingham, rector here, and one of the translators of the Bible, dated 1593; and a record of Joseph Neales educational endowment, left in 1702: there are 250 sittings. The register dates from the year 1566. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- There is a Wesleyan chapel at Nether Dean, erected in 1846, and a Congregational chapel at Upper Dean, built at the sole cost of William Ackroyd esq. in 1863. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for All Saints are available on microfiche for the period 1566-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- A transcript of the Dean parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Dean parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- A transcript of the Dean parish entries from Kelly's 1898 Directory of Bedfordshire
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Dean to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL053685 (Lat/Lon: 52.304533, -0.457064), Dean which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- 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 Upper Dean War Memorial transcription for WW1 and WW2 with details of the men found on it.