Caddington (Herts > Beds)

Historically this parish was partly in Hertfordshire and partly in Bedfordshire.


Adjacent Parishes:  Dunstable (Beds), Flamstead, Houghton Regis (Beds), Kensworth, Studham

Part was in the Dacorum Hundred and the Luton Union

The Historic Parishes of Caddinton and Kensworth

CADDINGTON, a parish partly in the hundred of Flitt, county of Bedford, but chiefly in the hundred of Dacorum, county of Hertford, 1 mile (W.S.W.) from Luton, containing with a portion of the chapelry of Market-Street [Markyate], 1549 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and the diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king's books ar 10, and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, London. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is in Bedfordshire. Market, originally Markgate, Cell, in this parish, was founded in 1145, chiefly by Geoffrey, Abbot of St. Albans, on land given by the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, for nuns of the Benedictine order, whose revenue, in the 26th of Henry VIII., was 143.18.3: the proprietor appropriated part of the lands to the endowment of a chapel and a school in Market-Street; but it does not appear that they were ever applied to that purpose.

From the Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831



In 1897 the civil parish of Markyate was created, including the southern part of Caddington, while the parishes of Kensworth and the remaining Hertfordshire part of Caddington were transferred to Bedfordshire. Two small areas of Markyate were transferred back to Caddington in 1964, as was a small part of Flamstead.


All Saints Church, Caddington

Published by O Stewart, P.O., Caddington

Caddington Church

Photo by Carol Gibbs, Tingrith, Bletchley, Bucks

mid 20th century?


All Saints Church

All Saints Church

in 2010

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Chequers Inn, licensed 1822

WILLS: Because of the history of this parish wills before 1845 may be found in the Bedfordshire records as well as at HALS. See Wills at Hertford, 1415-1858

Book: Caddington & Kensworth

Book:  A History of Caddington & its People, by Frank Sutton, 1994, has been reprinted by CADDHIST.

See also Vital Records and Boundary Changes

If you know of other books, websites, etc, relating to this place, please tell me.


Page updated June 2008