"WESTONING, a parish in the hundred of Manshead, county Beds, 4 miles south of Ampthill, and 8 from Dunstable. The village is situated on the river Ivel. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Exeter, value £200. The church is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. The local charities produce about £28 per annum, including some poors' cottages. There is a Sunday-school partially endowed. The Rev. J. W. Coventry Campion is lord of the manor and chief landowner."
"WOOD END, a hamlet in the parish of Westoning, county of Bedfordshire, 1½ miles south west of Westoning."
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- The 1851 Census Index for Westoning can be found in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 4, Book 3 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- The following Churches have their own websites:
- The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Westoning
- Church of England
- The church of St. Mary Magdalene is in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, porch, and an embattled tower containing 5 bells, retuned and rehung 111 1893: it was beautifully restored in the year 1857, at a cost of about £2,000 : an organ has been presented by Major and Mrs. C. Campion, and a stained window as a memorial to the late lord of the manor and his wife. The register dates from the year 1560. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Here are Wesleyan and Baptist chapels. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for St Mary Magdelene are available on microfiche for the period 1560-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- In the village is a clock tower given to the parish in 1897 by Major and Mrs. C. Campion in commemoration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (1897). The Manor House, the residence of Major John Gadsby Coventry-Campion J.P. is a mansion in the Elizabethan style, erected in 1843, when the old Manor House was pulled down, and stands in grounds of about 100 acres. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- A transcript of the Westoning parish entries of "professions and trades" in Post Office (Kelly's) 1864 Directory of Bedfordshire
- A transcript of the Westoning parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Westoning parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Westoning parish entries from Post Office (Kelly's) 1864 Directory of Bedfordshire
- A transcript of the Westoning parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Westoning to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL033327 (Lat/Lon: 51.983165, -0.497255), Westoning which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- 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 Westoning War Memorial transcription for WW1 and WW2 with details of the men found on it