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Holwell, Bedfordshire

Historical Description

Holwell, a village and a parish in Bedfordshire, on the M.R., adjacent to Herts, near Henlow station, and 3½ miles NNW from Hitchin. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Hitchin. Acreage, 587; population, 278. The manor belongs to the Radcliffe family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; gross value, £220 with residence. The church is an ancient building of stone, and was restored in 1877. Rand's Charity yields £800 a year, supports a school and almshouses, and also contributes £100 a year to the grammar school at Hitchin. The G.N. main line passes through this parish.

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 
Poor Law unionHitchin 

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

Church Records

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) hold the registers for Holwell: . Transcripts in either book or microfiche form for registers prior to 1813 can be purchased from the BLARS (see website for details).

Civil Registration

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

Holwell was in Hitchin Registration District from 1837 to 1897

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Holwell from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Holwell 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:

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictNorth Hertfordshire
Postal districtSG5
Post TownHitchin