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Goldington, Bedfordshire

Historical Description

Goldington, a village and a parish in Bedfordshire. The village stands near the river Ouse, 1½ miles NE by E of Bedford, and has a post office under Bedford; money order and telegraph office, Bedford. The parish comprises 2548 acres of land and 40 of water; population, 587. A fort was anciently at Castle Hill, and a priory at Newnham. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. The church, a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consists of a chancel, nave, and aisles, with square tower, and has brasses of 1507 and 1585. There is a Congregational chapel. Goldington Hall, Goldington Bury, and Goldington Grange are chief residences.

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 parishGoldington St. Mary 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1559.

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) hold the registers for Goldington: Baptisms 1559-1978, Marriages 1559-1980, Burials 1559-1960, Banns 1754-1961. 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. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary, standing on high ground, is an edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, south transept and porch, and a tower containing 4 bells, rehung in new oak frames in 1899 at a cost of £100: the north and east windows are stained, the latter being a memorial to Mrs. Kenworthy Browne: there are a few brasses and some monuments: in 1859 the church was thoroughly renovated, and in 1876 the chancel was restored and newroofed at a cost of £145: in 1879 an organ was introduced at a cost of £250, and in 1899 the church was completely restored and partly reseated, and the floor of the chancel raised, at a total cost of £500. Dean Bowers, of Manchester, founder of Marlborough school, is buried under the altar, and there is also a tablet to his memory.

Civil Registration

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

Goldington was in Bedford Registration District from 1837 to 1934

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Goldington from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Goldington 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

Goldington 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 districtMK41
Post TownBedford