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Biddenham, Bedfordshire

Historical Description

Biddenham, a small village and a parish in Bedfordshire, on the river Ouse, 2 miles W of Bedford, under which it has a post office, and at which is the money order, telegraph office, and railway station. Acreage of parish, 1586; population, 352. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; gross yearly value, about £150 with residence. The church is a building of stone in the Norman and Perpendicular styles.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyBedfordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBiddenham St. James 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1663

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) hold the registers for Biddenham: Baptisms 1663-1969, Marriages 1667-1999, Burials 1667-1994, Banns 1754-1995. Transcripts in either book or microfiche form for registers prior to 1813 can be purchased from the BLARS (see website for details).


Church of England

St. James (parish church)

The parish church of St. James is an edifice of stone, in the Norman and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled central tower with small spire, containing a clock and 6 bells, re-cast and re-hung in 1895: in the church is preserved a piece of German tapestry work, bearing the date 1549: it was cleaned in 1894, and is in a fair state of preservation. There are two hagioscopes and piscinae: inserted in the north wall of the chancel is a quaint monument of alabaster and marble to the Boteler family, dated 1621, and there are several mural tablets and some curious brasses. The stained east window was presented in 1897 as a memorial to Charles Howard esq.: the organ was provided in 1898 at a cost of £400.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Biddenham was in Bedford Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Biddenham from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Bedfordshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Biddenham are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Bedfordshire papers online:

Poor Law

Biddenham was in Bedford Poor Law Union. For further detailed history of the Bedford Union see Peter Higginbotham's excellent resource: Bedford Poor Law Union and Workhouse.

Visitations Heraldic

A full transcript of the Visitations of Bedfordshire 1566, 1582, and 1634 is available online.

Postal districtMK40
Post TownBedford