Biddlesden or Bittlesden, a village and a parish in the county of Bucks. The village stands on the verge of the county, 4½ miles NE of Brackley station on the L. & N.W.R. It was formerly a market-town, but is now a small secluded place. The parish comprises 3201 acres, and its post town is Brackley, which is the money order and telegraph office. Population of the civil parish, 155; of the ecclesiastical, 124. Biddlesden House is a fine stone mansion standing in a well-wooded deer park of 180 acres. The manor was held some time by William the Conqueror, passed to Robert de Mappershall, and then to Ernald de Bosco; was given by the latter to the Cistercian monks of Gerndon for founding an abbey on it, and went at the dissolution to Thomas, Lord Wriothesley. Considerable remains of the abbey stood about the year 1700, but have all disappeared. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; gross yearly value, £73. The church is a modern edifice adjoining Biddlesden House.
The parish register dates from the year 1695
Church of England
St. Margaret (parish church)
The original parish church of St. Margaret stood near to the Cistercian abbey, which was destroyed by Henry Sayer, the owner, who also demolished the church, or chapel of St. Margaret, and desecrated the burial ground; when rebuilding the house he set apart a large room to serve the purpose of the parish church; this was at the beginning of the 18th century; Henry Sayer died prematurely and his son John was murdered when still a minor. The present church is a plain edifice of red brick with stone dressings, with a turret containing one bell: there are some tablets to the Morgan family, whose yault is under the chancel: the church affords 140 sittings.
Biddlesden was in Brackley Registration District from 1837 to 1935
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Buckinghamshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Biddlesden are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Buckinghamshire papers online:
A full transcript of the Visitation of Buckinghamshire, 1634 is online