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Hardmead, Buckinghamshire

Historical Description

Hardmead, a parish in Bucks, adjacent to Beds, 5 miles NE from Newport Pagnell, and 8 from Bedford. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Newport Pagnell. Acreage, 1211; population of the civil parish, 90; of the ecclesiastical, 79. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £83 with residence. The church is a small building of stone in the Early English style, dating from the 12th and 14th centuries.

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 CountyBuckinghamshire 
Ecclesiastical parishHardmead St. Mary 
Poor Law unionNewport-Pagnell 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1536.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary, built in the 12th century, is a small edifice of stone, chiefly in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave of two bays with clerestory, aisles, south porch and low embattled western tower of Perpendicular date containing 3 bells, only 2 of which are now in use: the church was restored in 1861 and contains some memorials of the Catesbys, including a brass, with effigy in a farred robe, to Francys Catesby, youngest son of Antony Catesby, of Whyston esq. 1556, with effigy in civil dress and an inscription; and the recumbent effigy of another Francis Catesby, 1636: there is a scroll, framed in oak, containing the names of 6 men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18: there are 96 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Hardmead was in Newport Pagnell Registration District from 1837 to 1935

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hardmead from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Hardmead are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Buckinghamshire papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

A full transcript of the Visitation of Buckinghamshire, 1634 is online

CountyMilton Keynes
RegionSouth East
Postal districtMK16
Post TownNewport Pagnell