"STEPPINGLEY, a parish in the hundred of Redbornestoke, county Bedford, 2½ miles south west of Ampthill, its post town, and 10 south of Bedford. It is a small agricultural village, bounded on the north by the Flitt stream, flowing into the river Ouse. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value £266, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, has a tower containing four bells. The parochial charities produce about £1 per annum. The Duke of Bedford is lord of the manor."
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- The 1851 Census Index for Steppingley can be found in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 4, Book 3 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- Church of England
- The church of St. Lawrence, rebuilt in 1860 by the Duke of Bedford and the rector, is a building of local sandstone in the Early Decorated and Perpendicuiar styles, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle and a tower containing 4 bells : it is seated with open oak benches for 240 persons. The register dates from 1562, but is continuous only from 1647. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Here is a small Wesleyan chapel. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for St. Lawrence, are available on microfiche for the period 1647-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- The Duke of Bedford is lord of the manor and the principal landowner. The soil is chiefly sand; subsoil, sand. The chief crops are wheat, barley, clover and turnips. The area is 1,308 acres ; rateable value, £1,404; the population in 1891 was 308. [Extracts from Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- A transcript of the Steppingley parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Steppingley parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Steppingley parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Steppingley to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL009354 (Lat/Lon: 52.007873, -0.531395), Steppingley which are provided by:
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- 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 Steppingley War Memorial transcription with details of the men found on it.