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Hyde (East and West Hyde)

Hyde Z1306-66-1

East Hyde c.1910 [Z1306/66/1]

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

Hyde is a civil parish created in 1896 from the hamlets of East Hyde and West Hyde. It is located south-east of Luton, with hamlets at Chiltern Green, Luton Hoo, Newmill  End and Thrales End. Bedfordshire Archives holds many documents relating to the parish; a search of our online catalogue with Hyde as the subject returns over 1000 items. Significant collections for researching people or places in Hyde include:  

  • P159: Records for the parish of Holy Trinity, East Hyde, including: registers of baptisms, marriages and burials 
  • PCHyde: Parish council records, including: minutes; financial records (See also Luton (Rural) Parish Council 1894-6.) 
  • MB2/LPT/6/2439: File of deeds and papers relating to Park Town Primitive Methodist Chapel and School (situated in West Hyed) 
  • SDHyde: Records of Hyde School [Board, Council, CP, Lower] 
  • ABP/W: Wills proved in the Archdeaconry of Bedford, 1536-1857  
  • QSR: Quarter Sessions Records for Bedfordshire from 1714-1900. A search combining Hyde as the subject and QSR as the reference will find criminal cases in which the parish is mentioned.  
  • DW: Deeds and papers relating to the Luton Hoo Estates 
  • FDB1/12: Franklin, Deacon, and Briars, architects and surveyors of Luton 
  • LHE: Luton Hoo Estate 
  • Z1306/66: Postcards with pictures of Hyde  

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 Hyde include:  

  • Victoria County History entry for Hyde, hamlet of Luton, 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 Hyde and West Hyde Aynel as part of Luton. 

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.