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Renhold Z1306-94-1 

The Green, Renhold c.1910 [Z1306/94/1] 

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

Renhold is an ancient parish to the north-east of Bedford, and includes Church End, Salph End and Top End. Bedfordshire Archives holds many documents relating to the parish; a search of our online catalogue with Renhold as the subject returns nearly 2,000 items. Significant collections for researching people or places in Renhold include: 

  • P32: Records for the parish of All Saints, including: registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; records relating to church property; churchwardens’ accounts; records of overseers of the poor; settlement and removal papers; apprenticeship indentures; parochial church council minutes 

  • PCRenhold: Parish council records, mainly minutes, with some planning material from 1966-1974 

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

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

  • MAT37/1: Tithe map for parish of Renhold, 1839 

  • SDRenhold: Records of Renhold School 

  • GA2773-2816: Documents relating to the Howbury estate  

  • GK142: Greene King archive, records relating to the Three Horseshoes, Renhold 

  • GK299: Greene King archive, records relating to the Polhill Arms 

  • PO: Polhill of Howbury (Renhold) archive 

  • X939/39: Records of Renhold Women’s Institute 

  • X939/132: Records of Renhold Afternoon Women’s Institute 

  • Z666: Pencil sketches of Renhold scenes by Sophia Ussher, daughter of the Vicar of Renhold, 1856-57 

  • Z1613: Renhold village magazine 

  • Z50/94: Photographs of Renhold 

  • Z1130/94: Postcards with pictures of Renhold 

  • Z1306/94: Postcards with pictures of Renhold 

Further details of these and other items relating to Renhold 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 Renhold include: 

  • Victoria County History entry for Renhold, 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 Renhold, Flamwells and Salphobury; no manorial records are known to survive for Hoobury Manor

  • Open Domesday records a single entry for Salph End in Renhold 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.