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Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire

Historical Description

Gravenhurst, Upper, a village and a parish in Beds, 5 miles SW of Shefford station on the M.R. and 5¼ E by S from Ampthill. Post town, Ampthill; money order and telegraph office, Shillington. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; net value, £65. The church is good.

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 parishUpper Gravenhurst St. Giles 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1567.

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) hold the registers for Upper Gravenhurst: Baptisms 1564-1944, Marriages 1567-1982, Burials 1567-1901, Banns 1824-1878. 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. Giles (parish church)

The church of St. Giles is a small and unpretending edifice of stone, chiefly of Perpendicular date, and consisting of chancel, nave and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells: the roof of the nave exhibits good open timber work, with carved bosses and figures of angels: the chancel arch is Norman.

Civil Registration

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

Upper Gravenhurst, later just Gravenhurst, was in Ampthill Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Upper Gravenhurst from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Upper Gravenhurst 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

Upper Gravenhurst was in 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 districtMK45
Post TownBedford