Astwood

Introduction

Church: St Peter

Hundred: Newport

Poor Law District: Newport Pagnell

Size (acres): 1286

Easting & Northing: 495247

Grid Ref SP950470 Click to see map

Names


Names & Places

NameTypeNote
Astwood PARISH St Peter
Estwood by Neuport Paynel NAMES name for Astwood in 1341
Astwood Bury PLACE within the parish

 

Population

Population

These population figures are based on the Census results. The boundaries are those used in the particular census which may vary over time..

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1801 160
1811 209
1821 263
1831 268
1841 243
1851 268
1861 247
1871 268
1881 222
1891 187
1901 168
1911 140
1921 116
1931 127
1941 N/A
1951 113
1961 176
1971 157
1981 133
1991 131

There was no census in 1941.

Records

Records

Parish  Church  Register  Start
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Astwood   St Peter   Baptisms   1667   1914   Yes,
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Astwood   St Peter   Marriages   1575   1903   Yes,
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Astwood   St Peter   Burials   1666   1905   Yes,
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Surnames

Surnames

These were extracted from our own records and presented as a guide.

PositionBefore 1700  18th Century  19th Century  Overall Surnames  
1 KING WALKER WRIGHT WRIGHT
2 KILPIN BASS FLUTE FLUTE
3 HARTWELL KING HOBBS HOBBS
4 COLEMAN SHEFFIELD SANDERS HALL
5 REYNOLDS ODELL HALL SANDERS
6 INGERSHALL SMITH ROSS ROSS
7 SHEFFEILD HART BARCOCK BARCOCK
8 SMITH HOBBS DUNKLEY KING
9 PHILLIPS BRINKLOW HERBERT DUNKLEY
10 HIGGINS TATTAM DUDLEY ODELL

Notes

Astwood is a small parish on the Bedfordshire boarder, 5.5 miles north-east of Newport Pagnell. There are 1,281 acres in the parish with 47 inhabited house in 1891, this had dropped to 41 houses in 1901. The population in 1891 was 187 and dropped to 168 in 1901. There were 92 males in 1891 and 80 in 1901; while 95 females in 1891 and 88 in 1901.

Education

Astwood Parish (Pop. 268)

Two Sunday Schools, in one are 30 males and 35 females, who attend the Established Church, supported by T. A. Boswell, Esq., Lord of the Manor;
the other (commenced 1829), consists of 9 males and 18 females, supported by subscription appertaining to a congregation of Dissenters.

Abstract of Education Returns 1833

Water Eaton

Water Eaton village has seen many changes over the past 50 years. It stood apart from both Bletchley and Fenny Stratford and was only approached by Water Eaton Road and Manor Road which were mere country lanes with high hedges and trees on either side.

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Memories of Bletchley

By far the best known family in Bletchley when we Bletchley were young was the Leon family.

Herbert Samuel Leon came from Hamburg where he was a banker. He bought a farm not far from the railway station and gradually built it up into a fine estate of several hundred acres. It was called Bletchley Park and the farmstead was replaced by a magnificent mansion. This still stands and houses the Post Office Training School. The size of the place can be judged by the fact that he employed two hundred men, forty of whom were gardeners. Eight men were employed solely in attending the two orchid houses, two men being always 'on the wheel' which meant that two men were on duty all night all the year round to ensure the exact temperatures being maintained. I know this is correct because I was once courted by one of these young men.

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Education Provision 1833

Bletchley Parish (Pop. 376)

One Sunday School, consisting of about 20 children, supported by the Rector and P. P. Duncombe, Esquire.

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Notes on Bletchley

Description of Bletchley, from J. J. Sheahan, 1861.

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Bow Brickhill

'Little Brickhill, Great Brickhill,
Brickhill with a Bow
These three Brickhills
 Stand all in a row.'


As this old rhyme explains, our village straddles a steep hillside and sprawls along three lower roads. At the eastern end, All Saints Church dominates the top of the hill. A mile away westwards, and 500 feet below, a tiny railway halt ends the main road through the village. The railway, between Bedford and Bletchley, opened in 1846 and brought employment for many villagers. Names on ancient maps  Sheep Lane, Hogstye End, Back Woods, Blind Pond Field, depict a mainly rural area. Other employment was in the extensive woodlands bordering the church and owned by the Duke of Bedford. Nowadays areas of these woodlands have been cleared and are used for golf, including important events such as we Dunhill Masters.

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Education Provision 1833

Bow Brickhill Parish (Pop. 475)

One Daily School, containing from 8 to 12 children; the mistress of which is paid £5 per annum by the minister and churchwardens, arising from Mr. Perrott's bequest.

Two Sunday Schools, respectively consisting of 70 and 46 children; attached to Wesleyan Methodists and other Dissenters, by whom they are supported.

ABSTRACT OF EDUCATION RETURNS, 1833.

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