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Chalgrave, Bedfordshire

Historical Description

Chalgrave, a parish in Beds, 3½ miles N by W of Dunstable railway station, and 6¼ ENE of Leighton-Buzzard. It includes the hamlets of Tebworth and Wingfield, and half of Stockliffe, and its post town is Leighton-Buzzard; money order office, Tebworth; telegraph office, Toddington. Acreage, 2430; population, 730. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; net yearly value, £151 with residence. The church is ancient and ruinous. A new church has been built at Tebworth. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishChalgrave All Saints 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1539.

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) hold the registers for Chalgrave: Baptisms 1538-1983, Marriages 1539-1987, Burials 1539-1982, Banns 1823-1982. 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 an ancient structure of mixed styles, consisting of chancel, nave of five bays, aisles, porch, and a now ruined western tower of Perpendicular date, containing 3 bells: the chancel is of the Decorated period, with Perpendicular insertions: the north arcade is Early English, the south, Decorated, the aisles are Early Decorated with some Perpendicular insertions: there are two ancient tombs, one on each side of the nave, with life-sized effigies of knights in armour, in a good state of preservation. In 1889 the tower fell during a thunderstorm; and in falling destroyed part of the nave, but the church has since been repaired.

Civil Registration

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

Chalgrave was in Woburn Registration District from 1837 to 1899 and Leighton Buzzard Registration District from 1899 to 1964

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Chalgrave from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Chalgrave 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

Chalgrave was in Woburn Poor Law Union from 1835-1899 when it transferred to Leighton Buzzard Poor Law Union. For further detailed history of the Leighton Buzzard Union see Peter Higginbotham's excellent resource: Leighton Buzzard Poor Law Union and Workhouse.

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

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

CountyCentral Bedfordshire
Postal districtLU5
Post TownDunstable