"STUDHAM, a parish partly in the hundred of Dacorum, county Herts, but chiefly in that of Manshead, county Beds, 3½ miles south west of Market-Street, its post town, and 6 south west of Luton. The parish includes the hamlets of Humbershoe, Studham, and part of Market-Street. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely, value £150. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, contains a round stone font of curious workmanship. The parochial charities produce about £2 per annum."
"HUMBERSHOE, a hamlet in the parish of Studham, county of Bedfordshire, 2½ miles east of Studham, adjacent to Markyate. Humbershoe and Markyate are in a detached portion of the parish."
"MARKYATE, (anciently, Market Street), a chapelry in the parishes of Caddington, Flamstead, and Studham, partly in the hundred of Dacorum, county Herts, and partly in that of Manshead, county Beds, 3 miles south east of Luton. This place was anciently called Merkgate, and comprises three hamlets On a hill where now stands an ancient mansion called "The Priory" was formerly a Benedictine nunnery founded in 1145 by Geoffrey, Abbot of St. Albans, on land given by the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, London. Its revenue at the Dissolution was £143 138. 8d., when the site was given to G. Ferrers. In the village, which consists of one long street facing, the road from London to Birmingham, several industries are carried on, as the manufacture of hats, bonnets, and straw plait. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Ely, value £227. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is situated in the Priory Park, and was erected about the middle of the last century. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Baptists. The charities consist of £138 per annum, belonging to the grammar school. There is a National school.
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- The 1851 Census Index for Studham can be found in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 6, Book 3 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- The following Churches have their own websites:
- The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Studham
- Church of England
- The church of St. Mary, consecrated in 1220, is an edifice of mixed styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a western embattled tower containing 4 bells: chancel is Decorated, the arcades of the nave Early English : the windows are mostly Decorated and Perpendicular: the font is circular, and has a broad band of foliage at the base: the bowl is surrounded with figures of dragons and foliage: the roof of the south aisle was restored in 1876, and in 1893 a new pulpit and lectern of Cornish serpentine granite were placed in the church, a new roof added, and the interior renovated, re-floored and re-seated at a cost of £1,200. The register dates from the year 1570. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Here is a Wesleyan chapel. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for St. Mary, are available on microfiche for the period 1570-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- A transcript of the Studham parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Studham parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Studham parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- A transcript of the Studham parish entries from Kelly's 1898 Directory of Bedfordshire
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Studham to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL021157 (Lat/Lon: 51.830594, -0.519753), Studham 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 Studham War Memorial transcription with details of the men found on it.