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We have not yet been able to compile comprehensive history pages for Staploe, although we do have one page currently available.

If you would like to carry out research and contribute to this site we would be delighted to hear from you. 

Staploe is located approximately 11 miles north-east of Bedford on the border with Cambridgeshire. Until 1965 Staploe was a hamlet of Eaton Socon, but it became a civil parish in 1965 incorporating former hamlets of Eaton Socon - Basmead Manor, Beggary (or Begwary), Bushmead, Cadbury Manor, Duloe, Honeydon, Little End and Upper Staploe. Eaton Socon itself was moved into the town of St Neots, then in Huntingdonshire and now in Cambridgeshire, but many of the historic archives for the town remain at Bedfordshire Archives.  

A search of our online catalogue with Staploe as the subject returns over 400 items. Significant collections for researching people or places in Staploe include:  

  • P5: Records for the parish of St Mary the Virgin, Eaton Socon 

  • PCEatonSocon: Parish council records for Eaton Socon 

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

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

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

  • X363: Longmire family deeds & documents  

  • Z50/109: Photographs of Staploe 

  • Z1258: Research notes for Staploe Millennium Record and photographs of the village (not yet catalogued)  

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.    

Another useful source of information about Staploe is the Victoria County History entry for Staploe, available through British History Online. Although published in 1912 most of the information is still relevant.   

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.