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Silsoe Index of Pages

The following pages are designed to give a brief history of some aspects of the community. They are certainly not intended to be exhaustive and more work could be done, for example, on the interesting buildings with reference to census returns, electoral registers and name searches for owners and/or occupiers amongst our other archives, or on churches with reference to the parish records. We hope that reading these pages will encourage you to do more research of your own. If you find additional information on any of the pages below or, indeed, information on aspects of the community not covered here, we would love to hear from you and could publish your research here, giving credit, of course, where it is due!


The Parish of Silsoe in General

Silsoe Maps

Silsoe Before 1086

Murder of a Highwayman

John Gough - Immoral Innkeeper

Medieval Silsoe

Silsoe in 1086

The Manor of Blundells

The Manor of Newbury

The Manor of Norwood

The Manor of Wrest

A Medieval Tragedy at Silsoe

Silsoe Market and Fair


The Earls of Kent

The Duke of Kent

Jemima Marchioness Grey

Earls and Countesses de Grey of Wrest

The Barons and Baronesses Lucas of Crudwell

Silsoe Census Return of 1831

Silsoe in 1856

The Established Church

The Old Silsoe Chapel

The New Church at Silsoe

Silsoe Church Alterations and Repairs

Vicars of Silsoe

Silsoe Vicarages


Silsoe Registration and Early References

Primitive Methodism in Silsoe


Silsoe School Before 1813

Silsoe School 1813 to 1902

Silsoe School Since 1903

Silsoe Mixed School in 1904

Silsoe Infants' School in 1904

Sources for Education in Silsoe

Interesting Buildings

Ampthill Road

Newbury Manor, Silsoe

Silsoe Pound

36 Ampthill Road, Silsoe

The Red House, Silsoe

Barton Road

New Inn Farm, Silsoe

Church Road

1 and 3 Church Road, Silsoe

2 and 4 Church Road, Silsoe

5 to 11 Church Road, Silsoe

6 Church Road, Silsoe

Silsoe Lockup


Fielden Farmhouse

Fielden House

High Street

10 and 12 High Street, Silsoe

15 High Street, Silsoe

17 High Street, Silsoe

19 High Street, Silsoe

20 High Street, Silsoe

21 to 25 High Street, Silsoe

26 High Street, Silsoe

27 and 29 High Street, Silsoe

The Old Post Office, 31 High Street, Silsoe

Old Woodstock Cottage, 39 High Street, Silsoe

40 to 44 High Street, Silsoe

43 High Street, Silsoe

45 to 51 High Street, Silsoe

46 and 50 High Street, Silsoe

53 High Street, Silsoe

Holly Walk

7 to 11 Holly Walk, Silsoe

West End Road

8 West End Road, Silsoe

18 to 22 West End Road, Silsoe

21 and 23 West End Road, Silsoe

31 to 37 West End Road, Silsoe

51 West End Road, Silsoe

West End Farm, Silsoe

Wrest Park

Wrest Park before the 17th Century

Wrest Park in the 17th Century

Wrest Park 1700 to 1770

Wrest Park 1770 to 1840

Wrest Park in the 19th Century

King Edward VII at Wrest Park

Wrest Park in the 20th Century

Wrest Park Gardens

Buildings in Wrest Park

Statues at Wrest Park

Monuments and Ornaments of Wrest Park

Home Farm, Wrest Park

Licensed Premises

The Battle of the Alma Beerhouse, Silsoe

The Bell Inn, Silsoe

The George Inn, Silsoe

The Lord Nelson Beerhouse, Silsoe

The New Inn, Silsoe

The Ragged Staff Inn, Silsoe

The Star and Garter Public House, Silsoe