"TOTTERNHOE, (or Tattnall), a parish in the hundred of Manshead, county Bedford, 2 miles west of Dunstable, its post town, and 6 south east of Leighton Buzzard. The inhabitants are employed in the neighbouring stone quarries, and in the straw plait trade. On the north side of the village passes the old Roman road Icknield Street, and on the Downs are traces of an ancient camp. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £120. The church, dedicated to St. Giles, is old. There is a Sunday-school, also a chapel for the Wesleyans. On the Downs, about half a mile west, are the remains of Tottenhoe Castle, overhanging the village of Stanbridge.
"CHURCH END, a village in the parish of Totternhoe, county of Bedfordshire, ¼ mile south east of Totternhoe."
"HONEYWICK, a small hamlet in the parishes of Eaton Bray and Totternhoe, county of Bedfordshire, 2 miles west of Dunstable."
"LOWER END, a hamlet in the parish of Totternhoe, county of Bedfordshire, 1 mile north west of Totternhoe."
"MIDDLE END, a hamlet in the parish of Totternhoe, county of Bedfordshire, ¼ mile north west of Totternhoe."
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- The 1851 Census Index for Totternhoe can be found in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 6, Book 2 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- The following Churches have their own websites:
- The Church of St. Giles of Provence, Totternhoe
- Church of England
- The church of St. Giles is an edifice in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, porch and a western embattled tower with turret at the south-east angle containing 5 bells: the roofs of the nave and aisles display well-carved figures and bosses: there is a brass, with effigy bearing chalice and host, to John Warwekhytt, vicar, 1524; and one to William Michell, a child, 1621. The register dates from the year 1558. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Here are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for St Giles are available on microfiche for the period 1558-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- The straw plait business is carried on here; there are also lime stone and cement works owned by the Totternhoe Lime, Stone and Cement Co. Lim. but agriculture is the principal industry. About a mile and a half from Dunstable, and half a mile westward from Maiden Bower, on a projecting headland of the Chiltern range, are the celebrated earthworks called "Totterhoe Castle;" these consist of a lofty circular mount, with a slight vallum round its base, and a larger one, of an irregular form, at some distance from it; it is considered to have been a fortification of the ancient Britons, subsequently occupied by the Saxons, afterwards converted into a Roman camp; the form of the works indicating British and Roman military construction, and the name British and Saxon occupation. Earl Brownlow P.C. is lord of the manor and the principal landowner. The soil and subsoil are chalky; a hard band of the chalk or "clunch" near the village is known as Totternhoe stone, of which Woburn Abbey and many churches in the district have been constructed. The chief crops are wheat, barley, beans and turnips. The area is 2,321 acres; rateable value, £3,041; the population in 1891 was 612. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- A transcript of the Totternhoe parish entries from Stephen Whatley's 1750 Topographical Gazetteer of England,
- A transcript of the Totternhoe parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Totternhoe parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Totternhoe parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Totternhoe to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP988215 (Lat/Lon: 51.883318, -0.565969), Totternhoe 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 Totternhoe War Memorial transcription with details of the men found on it.