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Felmersham Z1306-48-2-3

Felmersham Bridge and Church, c.1915 [Z1306/48/2/3]

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

Felmersham is an ancient parish 7 miles north-west of Bedford, with Felmersham  Hardwick, Moor End and the hamlet of Radwell. Bedfordshire Archives holds many documents relating to the parish; a search of our online catalogue with Felmersham as the subject returns over 2600 items. Significant collections for researching people or places in Felmersham include:  

  • P93: Records for the parish of St Mary, including: registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; records relating to church property; enclosure; parish magazines  

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

  • MC1/5/0/1: Books of reference to the first edition OS plans 

  • MA85: Enclosure map 

  • MB2/RAD: Radwell Methodist Church, Felmersham 

  • SDFelmersham Felmersham School [National, Public Elementary, CP, renamed Pinchmill, Lower] 

  • SMM28: School Managers’ Records, Sharnbrook Group of Schools. [Felmersham, Sharnbrook and Souldrop]. 

  • SMM68: School Managers’ Records, Pinchmill Lower School, Felmersham 

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

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

  • AL: Joseph Tucker Burton Alexander estate deeds (Pavenham Bury) 

  • FN: Francklin of Great Barford and Bolnhurst 

  • Li/SA2: County Librarian's Correspondence and papers 1926-1940 

  • ST1611-1636: Sharman & Trethewy Archive, Deeds etc relating to 4 cottages in Felmersham 

  • V252-267: Vorley collection, Radwell, Felmersham and Clifton estates 

  • X939/28: Felmersham & Radwell Women's Institute 

  • Z793: Deeds relating to farmhouse and other property at Radwell, Felmersham parish, 1681-1862 Z836: Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations, Felmersham. 1 film, 47 slides  

  • Z50/48: Photographs of Felmersham  

  • Z1130/48: Postcards with pictures of Felmersham  

  • Z1306/48: Postcards with pictures of Felmersham  

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 Felmersham include:  

  • Victoria County History entry for Felmersham, 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 the manors of Radwell, Felmersham, Felmersham Rectory with Pavenham Manor and Felmersham (St John). 

  • Open Domesday lists 2 entries for Felmersham 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.