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  • Eatons Community Association (ESCA)
    • The Association covers the Eatons (Eaton Socon and Eaton Ford). They have various archives that are now available and we hope will soon be on our website. Their large project aims to place families in their houses/homes since 1800 and provide a history of the buildings within the present areas of Eaton Socon and Eaton Ford. Roads have been renamed and a map of old road names has been compiled.
    • The Association covers the Eatons (Eaton Socon and Eaton Ford). They have various archives that are now available and we hope will soon be on our website. Their large project aims to place families in their houses/homes since 1800 and provide a history of the buildings within the present areas of Eaton Socon and Eaton Ford. Roads have been renamed and a map of old road names has been compiled.
    • The Community Association is happy to answer queries about families in the Eatons and the history of the buildings.
    • Booklets are continually being written and updated. A booklist is available from them.
    • While they are putting the records on-line information can be requested from their various archives. These include:
      • All Census Returns have been indexed - ie 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901.
      • Electoral registers - 1925,1930,35,38,45,47,48,50,55, 60, 65 can be searched for information. Eaton Socon houses were not numbered until 1948 but they have endeavoured to place people and families in their houses and this information can be requested.
      • Rate books from 1829 and 1859 have been indexed.
      • The Enclosure Award for Eaton Socon village and the Eaton Ford area has been photographed and studied - maps are on the website.
      • Marriages in St Marys Church are typed and indexed from 1813 - 1920 and information on marriages between 1920 to 1990 can be requested.
      • Burials and gravestones in Eaton Socon Cemetery have been recorded and are available.
      • Burials in St Marys Churchyard from 1813 - 2002 are indexed and will soon be avaliable.
      • Baptisms from 1813 - 1885 are being prepared.
      Details can be obtained from ESCA, 3 Collingwood Road, Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 8JQ Email: esca[at]freeuk[dot]com.

EVERSHOLT

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

"EVERSHOLT, a parish in the hundred of Manshead, county Bedford, 2 miles S.E. of Woburn, its post town. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value £600. The church is an old edifice, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and has an ancient font and several monuments. The parochial endowments produce about £140 per annum, £10 of which are for education. There is a National school for boys, girls, and infants. The Duke of Bedford is lord of the manor. Eversholt is a scattered village and so the following descriptions take Witts End as being the centre of the village:"

The 1868 Gazetteer description of the following places in Eversholt is to be found on a supplementary page.

  • Brook End
  • Church End
  • Froxfield
  • Higher Berry End
  • Higher Rads End
  • Hills End
  • Lower Berry End
  • Lower Rads End
  • Potters End
  • Tyrells End
  • Wakes End
  • Water End
  • Witts End

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

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Churches

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Church History

  • Church of England
    • The church of St. John the Baptist is a building of stone in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, aisles and a western embattled tower containing 6 bells : the north aisle projects one bay beyond the nave, and opens into the chancel by a Decorated arch, on one side of which is a piscina: there is another in the south aisle and a third in the chancel : the monuments include one to the Hon. Frances Ongley, eldest daughter of Samuel Henley, first Baron Ongley, of Old Warden, a title which became extinct in 1877 ; Mrs. Elizabeth Hyde, sister of the Bishop of St, David's, and Mrs. Sarah. Hodgkinson : on the wall of the vestry is a boar's head carved in stone, the name Eversholt signifying " the hold of the wild boar : the church underwent a complete restoration in 1864, under the direction of the late Sir G. G. Scott R.A. at a cost of about £3,000, and will seat 300 persons. The register dates from the year 1628. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
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Church Records

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Gazetteers

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP990329 (Lat/Lon: 51.985745, -0.559788), Eversholt which are provided by:

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Military History

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