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Westoning, Bedfordshire

Historical Description

Westoning, a parish, with a village, in Beds, 1½ mile S from Flitwick station on the M.R., and 3½ miles S by W of Ampthill. It has a post office under Ampthill; money order office, Toddington; telegraph office, Flitwick. Acreage, 1627; population, 525. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. . The manor, with Westoning Manor House, belongs to the Campion family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; gross value, £232 with residence. The church, which was well restored in 1857 at a cost of £2000, is a building in the Early English style, consisting of chance!, nave, aisles, porch, and an embattled tower. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels.

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 parishWestoning St. Mary Magdalene 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1560.

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) hold the registers for Westoning: Baptisms 1560-1977, Marriages 1562-1980, Burials 1562-1978, Banns 1823-1902, 1912-1975. 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 Magdalene (parish church)

The church of St. Mary Magdalene is in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, porch, and an embattled tower containing 5 bells, retuned and rehung in 1893: it was beautifully restored in the year 1857, at a cost of about £2,000: an organ has been presented by the late Major and Mrs. Coventry-Campion: a memorial east window was erected in 1895 to Major John William Coventry-Campion and his wife Ann, by John Gadsby Coventry-Campion and Percy Ann Newland, and in 1903 a window was inserted in the south aisle to the memory of John Gadsby Coventry-Campion by his widow Jessie Coventry-Campion.

Civil Registration

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

Westoning was in Ampthill Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Westoning from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Westoning 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

Westoning 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