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Caddington, Bedfordshire

Historical Description

Caddington, a parish in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, 2 miles WSW of Luton, under which it has a post office; money order office, Slip End; telegraph office, Luton. Area, 4603 acres, of which 2996 are in Herts and 1607 in Bedfordshire; population in Bedfordshire, 1021; in Hertfordshire, 1055. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; net yearly value, £200 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's. The church is ancient, and has two brasses of the 16th century. There are Wesleyan, Baptist, and Union chapels. Markyate Cell and Caddington Hall are country seats in this parish, which includes the hamlets of Chaul End, Aley Green, Slip End, and Woodside.

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 CountyHertfordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishCaddington All Saints 
Poor Law unionLuton 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1558.

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) hold the registers for Caddington: Baptisms 1558-1960, Marriages 1558-1970, Burials 1558-1965, Banns 1754-1974. 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

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints is a building in the Norman, Early English and Perpendicular or Third Pointed styles, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles and a western embattled tower containing 6 bells: it was partly restored and a vestry added in 1876, at a cost of £2,500, from designs by Mr. Ewan Christian, of London: the chancel is fitted with oak, and there are brasses with effigies to John Hawtt, 1505, and his wife, Elizabeth, with 8 children; and to Edward Dormer, yeoman, 1518, and his wives, Joan and Elizabeth, with 14 children.

Civil Registration

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

Caddington was in Luton Registration District from 1897 to 1964

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Caddington from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Caddington 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

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

Visitations Heraldic

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

CountyCentral Bedfordshire
Postal districtLU1
Post TownLuton