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Arlesey Z1306-2-13

The Village Pump, Arlesey, 1910 [Z1306/2/13] 

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

Arlesey is an ancient parish in the east of the county near the border with Hertfordshire, with hamlets at Church End and Etonbury. Bedfordshire Archives holds many documents relating to the parish; a search of our online catalogue with Arlesey as the subject returns nearly 3000 items. Significant collections for researching people or places in Arlesey include: 

  • P37: Records for the parish of St Peter, Arlesey, including: registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; records relaing to church property; account books of overseers of the poor; settlement and removal papers; apprenticeship indentures; parish magazines 

  • PCArlesey: Parish and town council records, including: minutes; financial records; documents relating to rights of way, planning and other local matters 

  • HA1129-1190: Enclosure papers  

  • LF: Records of Fairfield Hospital (formerly Three Counties Asylum) 

  • MB2/ARL: Arlesey High Street Methodist Church 

  • SDArlesey: Records for Arlesey School 

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

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

  • AN: Alington archive includes deeds to propery in Arlesey 

  • X74/1-31: Deeds relating to properties in Arlesey 

  • Z1397: Items relating to 1st Arlesey Girls Brigade Company 

  • Z984: Records of Arlesey Industrial and Co-operative Society and Arlesey Industrial and Provident Society Ltd. 

  • Z50/2: Photographs of Arlesey 

  • Z295: Photographs of Arlesey 

  • Z1130/2: Postcards with pictures of Arlesey 

  • Z1306/2: Postcards with pictures of Arlesey 

Further details of these items 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 Arlesey include:  

  • Victoria County History entry for Arlesey, available through British History Online. Although published in 1908 most of the information is still relevant.  

  • The National Archives' Manorial Documents Register lists all manorial documents known to survive for the manors of Lanthony, Arlesey Bury, Eatonbury or Arlesey Etonbury, and Arlesey (Shillington Rectory)  

  • Open Domesday lists four entries for Arlesey 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.