"WHIPSNADE, a parish in the hundred of Manshead, county Beds, 5 miles south-west of Luton, and 3 south west of the railway station at Dunstable. The village is situated on the borders of Hertfordshire. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely, value £155. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. There is a Sunday-school. Whipsnade is a meet for Mr. Brand's hounds."
"THE GREEN, a hamlet in the parish of Whipsnade, county of Bedfordshire, adjoining Whipsnade to the west."
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- The 1851 Census Index for Whipsnade 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 Magdalene, Whipsnade
- Church of England
- The church of St. Mary Magdalene is a structure of brick, rebuilt on the foundation of an earlier church, in a mixed style, and consisting of chancel, nave and a western tower, containing 3 bells: it was restored and re-pewed, and a chancel added, in 1860 : there are sittings for 150 persons. The register dates from the year 1682. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- There is a small Wesleyan chapel, built in 1858. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for St Mary Magdelene are available on microfiche for the period 1682-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- The scenery surrounding the parish church and the downs is beautiful and picturesque. Arthur Macnamara esq. of Caddington Hall, who is lord of the manor, and Earl Brownlow, are the principal landowners. The soil is clay; subsoil, chalk. The chief crops are wheat, barley, beans and turnips. The area is 928 acres; rateable value, £676; the population in 1891 was 151. Under a provisional order of the Local Government Board, dated September 30th 1897, a detached portion of Whipsnade, in Herts (known as Ballington Bottom), was transferred to the newly-formed parish of Markyate (Herts.). [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- A transcript of the Whipsnade parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Whipsnade parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Whipsnade parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Whipsnade to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL010140 (Lat/Lon: 51.815514, -0.536206), Whipsnade 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 Whipsnade War Memorial transcription with details of the men found on it.