"LITTLE BARFORD, a parish in the hundred of Biggleswade, in the county of Bedford, 2 miles to the south of St. Neot's, its post town. It is situated on the east side of the river Ouse, on the confines of Huntingdonshire. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, of the value of £254, in the gift of the Rev. J. Allington, incumbent. The church, an ancient edifice, is dedicated to St. Mary, and has a Norman arch, a curious screen, and a monumental brass of the year 1535.
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- Church of England
- The church of St. Denys is a small structure in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle and a western tower containing 4 bells, and was thoroughly restored in 1871: the roof is of open timber work, a portion of which is beautifully painted: a Perpendicular rood screen separates the vestry from the body of the church, and its lower stage is decorated with red and white roses : the south doorway shows some fine Norman work, with an inserted arch of Early English date: the north doorway, also late Norman, has a well-carved arch on two shafts : the chancel had a south aisle, the arches of which were formerly built into the wall: there is a peculiar brass to Thomas Perys, 1535, and Agnes his wife: the stained east window is a memorial to the Alington family : the organ was presented in 1876 by A. H. Royds esq. and it has since been improved at a cost of £100: there are 110 sittings. The register dates from the year 1661. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for St. Denys are available on microfiche for the period 1661-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- A transcript of the LittleBarford parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the LittleBarford parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the LittleBarford parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
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