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Lidlington Z1306-73-12

High Street, Lidlington c.1925 [Z1306/73/12] 

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

Lidlington is an ancient parish 3½ miles north west of Ampthill, with hamlets at Boughton End and Thrup End. Bedfordshire Archives holds many documents relating to the parish; a search of our online catalogue with Lidlington as the subject returns over 2900 items. Significant collections for researching people or places in Lidlington include:  

  • P2: Records for the parish of All Saints, including: registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; records relating to church property; account books of overseers of the poor; settlement and removal papers; parish magazines  

  • PCLidlington: Parish council records, including: minutes; financial records  

  • MA28: Award map 

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

  • MB2/LID1: Lidlington, High Street Methodist Church 

  • MB2/LID2: Lidlington, Church Street Methodist Church 

  • MB2/LID3: Lidlington Methodist Church 

  • SDLidlington: Records of Lidlington School [Parochial, Board, Council, CP, then Thomas Johnson CP, Lower] 

  • SDMarstonMoretaine4/1: Logbook of Marston Moretaine & Lidlington National School 

  • SMM55: School Managers’ Records, Thomas Johnson Lower School, Lidlington 

  • SB27: School Board, Lidlington 

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

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

  • GK136: Greene King (Biggleswadde Archive), Green Man, Lidlington 

  • R1: Russell (Dukes of Bedford) Estate Maps 

  • RO: Russell (Ossory) of Ampthill 

  • WE: Webber and Williams of Ampthill, solicitors, deeds 

  • X21: Collection of Mr R B Holbourn, including enclosure papers 

  • X196: Thomas Johnson Charity and other Lidlington Charities 

  • Z433: Christian News parish magazine for Fleete Deanery including Lidlington 

  • X540: Receipts & bills relating to Henry Platt of Lidlington 

  • X939/48: Lidlington Women's Institute 

  • Z41/MV: Records of Marston Valley Brick Company Limited 

  • Z1553: Lidlington Village Hall Management Committee - minutes and papers, uncatalogued 

  • Z50/73: Photographs of Lidlington  

  • Z1130/73: Postcards with pictures of Lidlington  

  • Z1306/73: Postcards with pictures of Lidlington  

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 Lidlington include:  

  • Victoria County History entry for Lidlington, 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 Lidlington. 

  • Open Domesday lists 1 entry for Lidlington 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.