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Upper Stondon

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[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"UPPER STONDON, a parish in the hundred of Clifton, county Beds, 2½ miles south of Shefford. There is no village, only a few farmhouses. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely, value £125. The church is an ancient structure, dedicated to All Saints.

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013




Church History

  • Church of England
    • The church of All Saints was re-erected in 1857, chiefly by subscription of the landed proprietors of the parish and the adjoining hamlet of Lower Stondon, and is a building of the sandstone found on the Wrest estate, in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, north transept porch and a tower on the south side containing 1 bell; cast at Hertford in 1819: the transept was built by Trinity College, Cambridge, for the use of the inhabitants of Lower Stondon; of the old church, a Late Norman structure, there remain the shaft of Norman piscine, c. 1150; the font, a stone altar slab with crosses, under the present table; a memorial, c. 1680, in the middle of the chancel floor; an image bracket, and the inner door of tower or main entrance, c. 1250; the former chancel screen was converted into altar rails, a pulpit and reading desks: the stained east, window was the gift of W. Brooks esq.; and there is a memorial window to Robert Long esq. churchwarden, who died August 1, 1868, and another to the late George Lines esq. The register of marringes dates from the year 1684, burials from 1683. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]

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Military History

  • The BFHS Project in conjunction with Roll of Honour contains the Upper Stondon War Memorial transcription for WW1 and WW2 with details of the men found on it