"SHELTON, a parish in the hundred of Stodden, county Bedford, 5 miles west of Kimbolton, its post town, and 13 north of Bedford. The village, which is of small extent, is wholly agricultural. The Oakley hounds meet in this parish. The surface is level, and the soil clayey. The tithes were commuted for corn-rents under an Enclosure Act, in 1794. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value £190. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient edifice with a square tower. The chancel contains a tablet to Mrs. Crofts. T. Harris, Esq., is lord of the manor."
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- The 1851 Census Index for Shelton & Dean can be found in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 2, Book 1 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- Church of England
- The church of St. Mary is an ancient stone building of mixed styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, north chapel, low south porch and a western pinnacled tower containing 3 bells and a clock: the chancel is Decorated, the nave arcades Transitional, and the south aisle, which retains a piscina, Perpendicular; the north aisle is continued the length of the chancel, forming a chapel, to which there is a circular opening in its inner wall: there are 56 sittings. The register dates from the year 1565. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for St. Mary are available on microfiche for the period 1565-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- A transcript of the Shelton parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Shelton parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- A transcript of the Shelton parish entries from Kelly's 1898 Directory of Bedfordshire
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