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Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire

Historical Description

Crawley-Husborne, a parish in Beds, three-quarters of a mile SW of Ridgmount station on the L. & N.W.R., and 1¼ mile NNE of Woburn. Post town, Bletchley station; money order and telegraph office, Aspley Guise. Acreage, 1610; population, 410. Crawley House is a chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; net yearly value, £160 with residence. Patron, the Duke of Bedford. The church, a building of the Decorated and Perpendicular periods, consists of chancel, nave, aisles, and lofty embattled western tower. There is a Primitive Methodist 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 parishHusborn-Crawley St. Mary Magdalene 

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 Husborne Crawley: Baptisms 1558-1958, Marriages 1558-1986, Burials 1558-1988, Banns 1823-1972. 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. James (parish church)

The church of St. James, situated on an eminence, is an edifice of the Decorated and Perpendicular periods, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles and a fine and lofty embattled western tower containing a good peal of 6 bells and a clock: in the church is a monument, with the effigies of a knight in armour and his lady, under a canopy, supported by Doric columns, and appears, from the shield of arms thereon, to commemorate some members of the Thomson family, by whom the manor was held in the 17th century; in the church is a curious iron-bound parish chest: there are sittings for 200 persons.

Civil Registration

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

Husborne Crawley was in Woburn Registration District from 1837 to 1899 and Ampthill Registration District from 1899 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Husborne Crawley from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Husborne Crawley 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

Husborne Crawley was in Woburn Poor Law Union from 1835-1899 when it transferred to Ampthill Poor Law Union. For further detailed history of the Ampthill Union see Peter Higginbotham's excellent resource: Ampthill 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 districtMK43
Post TownBedford