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Astwick Z1306-4-2

Astwick Bury Farm c.1907 [Z1306/4/2]

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

Astwick is a small parish in the east of the county, immediately to the south of Biggleswade. It was originally a Chapelry of Studham in the south-west of the county, and became a separate parish in its own right in the late 13th century. A search of our online catalogue with Astwick as the subject returns over 600 items.  

Significant collections for researching people or places in Astwick include: 

  • P98: Records for the parish of St Guthlac, Astwick. These are limited to registers of baptisms, marriages and burials and churchwardens’ accounts.  

  • PCArlesey37: Parish newsletters for Arlesey with Astwick.  

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

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

  • HA1191-1197: Documents relating to enclosure of the parish, 1801-1819 

  • MA33/2: Enclosure map for Astwick, 1808 

  • AN29/1-108: Deeds relating to the Little Barford Estate, which included Astwick Manor 

  • Z50/4: Photographs of Astwick 

  • Z1130/4: Postcards with pictures of Astwick 

  • Z1306/4: Postcards with pictures of Astwick 

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 Astwick include: 

  • Victoria County History entry for Astwick 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 Astwick Manor. 

  • Open Domesday lists four entries for Astwick 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.