"DUNTON, a parish in the hundred of Biggleswade, in the county of Bedford, 3 miles east-south-east of Biggleswade, its post town. It contains the hamlets of Millow and Newton. Nearly the whole of the land is arable. The tithes have been commuted for land and a corn-rent, under an Enclosure Act, obtained in 1797. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely, value £120, in the patronage of Earl Brownlow. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient structure, and has a monumental brass to J. Chishull, bearing date 1648. The charities amount to £5 per annum."
"MILLOW, a hamlet in the parish of Dunton, hundred of Biggleswade, county Bedford, 3 miles south east of Biggleswade. It is a small agricultural place, and had formerly a chapel-of-ease."
"NEWTON, a hamlet in the parish of Dunton, county Bedford, 2 miles east of Biggleswade."
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- The 1851 Census Index for Dunton can be found in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 3, Book 2 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- There are photographs and a description of St Mary Magdalene on the Bedfordshire Parish Churches website
- Church of England
- The church of St. Mary is a building of stone in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, aisles, and an embattled western tower, containing 5 bells (hung in 1887 in commemoration of the jubilee of Queen Victoria), and south porch: it was partially rebuilt in 1861, at a cost of £1,600 (£650 of which was given by Robert Selwyn Pryor esq.) : the chancel was restored by the late Earl Brownlow, in 1861 : there are 495 sittings. The register dates from the year 1553. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Here is a Baptist chapel. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for St. Mary are available on microfiche for the period 1553-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- A transcript of the Dunton parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Dunton parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Dunton parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Dunton to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL235441 (Lat/Lon: 52.08149, -0.199154), Dunton 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 BFHS Project in conjunction with Roll of Honour contains the Dunton War Memorial transcription with details of the men found on it.