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Dunton, Bedfordshire

Historical Description

Dunton, a village and parish in Beds, adjacent to the boundary of Herts and Cambridge, 3 miles ESE from Biggleswade town and railway station. The parish contains the hamlets of Millo and Newtown, and its post town, money order, and telegraph office is Biggleswade. Acreage, 2650; population, 434. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; gross value, £235. Patron, Earl Brownlow. The church, a building of stone in which Gothic Perpendicular and Decorated styles of architecture occur, has been very handsomely restored with oak fittings throughout. The spacious chancel, with elaborately carved oak ceiling, was restored by the late Lord Brownlow, the tiles throughout the church being designed by the Bishop of Ely. There is a Baptist chapel.

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

Administration

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

Ancient CountyBedfordshire 
DioceseEly 
Ecclesiastical parishDunton St. Mary 
HundredBiggleswade 

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


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1553.

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) hold the registers for Dunton: Baptisms 1553-1944, Marriages 1553-1982, Burials 1553-1911, Banns 1823-1954. Transcripts in either book or microfiche form for registers prior to 1813 can be purchased from the BLARS (see website for details).


Churches

Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is a building of stone in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, aisles, and an embattled western tower, containing 5 bells (hung in 1887 in commemoration of the Jubilee of the late Queen Victoria), and south porch: it was partially rebuilt in 1861, at a cost of £1,600 (£650 of which was given by Robert Selwyn Pryor esq.): the chancel was restored by the 2nd Earl Brownlow in 1861, and new lamps were provided in 1897: there are 495 sittings.

There is a Baptist chapel.


Civil Registration

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

Dunton was in Biggleswade Registration District from 1837 to 1974


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Dunton from the following:


Land and Property

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


Maps

Online maps of Dunton 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

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


Villages, Hamlets, &c

Millow

Visitations Heraldic

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

CountyCentral Bedfordshire
RegionEastern
CountryEngland
Postal districtSG18
Post TownBiggleswade