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Eaton Socon Z1130-40-19

Eaton Socon Green, c.1908 [Z1130/40/19] 

We have not yet been able to compile comprehensive history pages for Eaton Socon. If you would like to carry out research and contribute to this site we would be delighted to hear from you. 

Eaton Socon is an ancient parish formerly in the north-east of Bedfordshire. It was also formerly a civil parish, but this was abolished in 1965 and divided between Roxton, the new civil parish of Staploe, and St Neots, then in Huntingdonshire. The ancient parish included hamlets at Basmead Manor, Beggary (or Begwary), Bushmead, Cadbury Manor, Crosshall, Duloe, Eaton Ford, Honeydon, Little End, Staploe and Wyboston, most of which were subsequently incorporated into the civil parish of Staploe.  

As part of St. Neots, Eaton Socon itself is now in Cambridgeshire and more recent records can be found at Cambridgeshire Archives, while the historic records remain at Bedfordshire Archives. A search of our online catalogue with Eaton Socon as the subject returns nearly 5,000 items. Significant collections for researching people or places in Eaton Socon include: 

  • P5: Records for the parish of St Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon, including: registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; records relating to church property; account books of overseers of the poor; settlement and removal papers; apprenticeship indentures; charity records; parish magazines; parochial church council minutes 

  • PCEatonSocon: Parish council records including minutes, to 1965 only 

  • ABP/W: Wills proved in the Archdeaconry of Bedford, 1536-1857  

  • QSR: Quarter Sessions Records for Bedfordshire from 1714-1900. A search combining Eaton Socon as the subject and QSR as the reference will find criminal cases in which the parish is mentioned.   

  • MA20/1-2: enclosure award maps for Eaton Socon, 1799 

  • MB2/ES: Records of Eaton Socon Methodist Church 

  • SDEatonSocon: Logbooks of Eaton Socon School, 1863-1928 

  • LK: Larken & Co Solicitors, deeds relating to Whetham estate at Eaton Socon 

  • X200: Deeds relating to the Cock, the Cock Tap and Hoplands at Eaton Socon 

  • Z702: Deeds relating to White Horse Inn and other property in Eaton Socon and elsewhere 

  • Z820: Eaton Socon parish invasion committee minute book and papers 

  • Z931/1: Map of estate of Sir Robert Wilmot in Eaton Socon, 1773 

  • Z50/40: Photographs of Eaton Socon 

  • Z1130/40: Postcards with pictures of Eaton Socon 

  • Z1306/40: Postcards with pictures of Eaton Socon 

Further details of these and other items relating to Eaton Socon can be found through our online catalogue. Our detailed collection guides give more information about the types of records we hold.  

Other useful sources for information about Eaton Socon include: 

  • Victoria County History entry for Eaton Socon, available through British History Online.  Although published in 1912 most of the information is still relevant.  

  • The National Archives' Manorial Documents Register lists all manorial documents known to survive for Eaton Manor, Basmead (or Basmey) Manor, Bushmead Manor, Eaton (Hospitaller) Manor,and Wyboston Manor. It also lists four other manors known to have existed in Eaton Socon for which no records survive: the Barony of Eaton, Goldington (St John) Manor, Honydon Manor and Sudbury Manor 

  • Open Domesday lists one entry for Eaton Socon in the Domesday Book of 1086 

Copies of the parish registers listing baptisms, marriages and burials up to 1812 can be purchased from Bedfordshire Archives. 

We offer an enquiry and research service, however this is limited to local history, properties and general subjects; we are no longer able to carry out genealogy research.