1924 Kelly's Bedfordshire Directory-Eaton Socon and surroundinghamlets


         From: JBundy

         Subject: 1924 Kelly's Bedfordshire Directory-Eaton Socon and surroundinghamlets

         Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 17:04:15 -0800


I'm enclosing the pages from this directory regarding the above village and

surrounding hamlets in the hope that the names mentioned may be of use to

some. I also have the entries for Edworth and Eggington, the last portion of

the description of Eaton Bray, but includes all the names, which I'm willing

to transcribe if there's any interest. Only one name listed in the directory,

a John Markham, is definitely in my line. There are other surnames listed of

interest to me however, and Tithe farm is of interest as that's where my

ggrandfather James Bundy lived as Ag Lab. (?) only indicates my ignorance of

certain terms.


Eaton Socon is an extensive parish, on the borders of Huntingdonshire, and

the Great North road which passes through the village; the navigable river

Ouse, flowing on the east, divides this parish from St. Neots, and is crossed

at Eaton Ford by a stone bridge of three arches, built in 1589 from the ruins

of the Priory of St. Neots, and connecting this county with Huntingdonshire.

The parish is in the Bedford division of the county, petty sessional division

of Bedford, hundred of Barford, rural district of Eaton Socon, union and

county court district of St. Neots, rural deanery of Biggleswade,

archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of St. Albans; it is 2 1/2 miles west

from St. Neots station on the main line of the London and North Eastern

railway, 11 north-east from Bedford, 10 southwest from Huntingdon and 55 from

London by road. The church of St. Mary is a noble edifice of the

Perpendicular period, consisting of chancel, clerestoried(?) nave of five

bays, aisles and a western embattled tower containing 6 bells and a clock

with chimes: the church was restored in 1868, the parishioners and others

having subscribed about 2,900 pounds for the work, carried out under the

direction of Messers. Cory and Ferguson, architects, of Carlisle: the

rood-loft(?) stairs remain, and an ancient carved chancel screen with a

modern cornice; there are also some fragments of old oak carving in the

aisles and fragments of stained glass: the font is Norman: there are brasses

to John Coesgrave and wife, c. 1400, and a female effigy, worn, c. 1450: the

communion plate bears date 1609: the church affords 600 sittings. The

register dates from the year 1556. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value

210 pounds, including 18 acres of glebe(?), with residence, in the gift of

James Hurst esq. and held since 1922 by the Rev. Edgar Percy Higham, of St.

Aidan's, and chaplain of St. Neots union (workhouse?). The Wesleyan chapel

here was built in 1850, and has 300 sittings. There is also a Wesleyan chapel

at Honeydon, built in 1872, with 50 sittings; a Primitive Methodist chapel at

Eaton Ford, built in 1870, and seating 150,; and at Staploe a Gospel hall,

built in 1884, with 50 sittings. The poor's land of 12 acres produces 32

pounds 10 shillings yearly. Bushmead Priory is the seat of Richard Wade-Gery

esq.; it is surrounded by a park of about 100 acres, in which there are

remains of a Roman camp, and was founded temp. Henry II. by Hugh Beauchamp

for canons of the order of St. Augustine, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary;

it was valued at from 71 to 81 pounds, and was granted by Henry VIII (1537-8)

to Sir William Gascoyne; much of the conventual buildings remain, but the

front of the mansion is of red brick and of modern date. Near the church are

some mounds of earth where a castle is said to have stood. Richard Wade-Gery

esq. Arthur John Thornbill esq. and Herbert Edward Squire esq. are the

principal landowners. The soil is rich loam; subsoil, gravel in most parts of

the parish; the remainder is mixed and subsoil, clay. The chief crops are

wheat, barley, oats, and beans. The area is 7,557 acres of land, a great part

being cultivated by market gardeners, and 45 of water; rateable value 11,648

pounds. This parish contains 27 miles of road. The population in 1921 was


Begwary, 3 miles west-by-south; Bushmead, 4 west-by-north; Crosshall, 1 1/2

north, Duloe, 1 1/2 north; Eaton Ford, 1 north-by-east; Honeydon, 2 west;

Staploe, 2 north-west; Upper Staploe, 2 north-west and Wyboston, 1 1/2

south-west, are hamlets.

Sexton, Christopher Barnes.

Post, M.O., T. & T.E.D. Office - Harry Bamford, sub-postmaster, Letters

through St. Neots, Hunts

Post Office, Wyboston - Joseph Paxton, sub-postmaster, Letters through St.

Neots, Hunts. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Eaton Socon, 2

miles distant. Letters for Bushmead, Duloe, Eaton Ford & Staploe are

delivered from the St. Neots office


Eaton Socon Rural District Council

Meet alternate thursdays at the Poor Law Institution.

The parishes in the district are: Dean, Eaton Socon, Little Barford, Little

Staughton, Pertenhall, Shelton & Swineshead, being the Beds parishes in St.

Neots, Hunts, union. The area is 16,935 acres; rateable value, 24, 809

pounds; the population in 1911 was 3,542, & in 1921, 3,347.

Chairman, William Bailey J.P. Huntingdon at St. Neots


Clerk & Surveyor of Highways, John Adams Ennals, New Street, St. Neots

Treasurer, Samuel Elliot Armstrong, Barclays Bank Ltd. St. Neots

Medical Officer of Health, Archibald Graydon M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond.,

L.S.A.Lond The Priory, St. Neots Inspector of Nuisances, Walter Bruce,

Southoe, St. Neots

St. Neots Poor Law Institution, Eaton Ford, in this parish, was erected in

1842 at a cost of 8,145 pounds, & is available for 338 paupers; additional

rooms for infirmary & bedrooms were added in 1878 at a cost of 1,500 pounds &

further additions, in 1904, at a cost of 2,500 pounds; Rev. Edgar Percy

Higham, chaplain; Ernest Harry Harrisson M.A., M.D., B.C.Camb. medical

officer; Wilfred Durrant, master; Mrs. Frances Durrant, matron

Council School (mixed), erected in 1860, for 190 children; Arthur McKechnie,

master; infants' enlarged in 1909; accommodation, 160; Miss Grace Mills,


Carriers - J. & S. Hinsby, to St. Neots railway station & Bedford, mon. wed.

& sat

Eaton Socon.


Private residents.

Brackenbury Algernon B. Ockwells

Butler Francis Noel

Cooper Lewis, White House

Cross Misses, Ladygrove

Goodgames Mrs. The Limes

Higham Rev. Edgar Percy (vicar, & chaplain to St. Neots union), Vicarage

Horley Miss, Hill house

Johnston Mrs. Rozel

McKechnie Arthur, Rose Cottage

McNish Wellwood

Marshall Mrs. The Elms

Sharman George, Ivy house

Steadman Edward Thomas

Swabey Mrs. Field cottage

Wellham Frank, Acacia house

Wilkinson Surtees George



Addington John Walter, miller, see Jordan & Addington

Barnes Alfred, chimney sweeper

Barnes Ernest George, Old Sun P.H.

Boddington Jane (Mrs.), The Bell P.H.

Budd, William George, baker

Butler Francis Noel, solicitor

Cotton & Bamford, shopkeepers & post office

Day John, carpenter & hurdle maker

Engling Frank Henry, carpenter

Gates Bert, motor engineer

Gill Walter, farmer

Goodes, Charles, machinist

Hall Alfred, farmer

Hartop Thomas, builder

Hillyard frank, shopkeeper

Holley William, coal dealer

Howard Gertrude (Mrs.), market gardener

Howard Walter, farmer

Huckle Thomas, George & Dragon P.H.

Hull James William farmer, Little End

Ingle George Arthur, coach builder

Jordan & Addington, millers (water)

Langtry Herbert W. Ye Olde White Horse hotel

Maddy George William cartage contractor

Maddy Henry, chimney sweeper

Maddy Simon, market gardener

Markham John, market gardener

Marshall S. & Son, wholesale & retail seed merchants

Mason Thomas, shopkeeper

Matthews James, market gardener

Mayes Harry, builder

Nichols Frederick J. beer retailer

Norman Albert Newman, Crown P.H.

North Road Motor Co. garage

Payne Frank, boot & shoe maker

Payne H. boot repairer

Peck William, butcher

St. Neots Industrial Co-operative Society Limited

Sharmas George, pig dealer

Sheard John, farmer, Tithe, Goodwick & Honeydon farms

Simons William Henry Frank, Waggon & Horses P.H.

Smith Robert, market gardener

Staughton Alfred, blacksmith

Thornton George, confectioner

Townsend William, baker

Trapmore Arthur, beer retailer



Trapp Miss, Bushmead cottage

Wade-Gery Richard, Bushmead priory

Bates Frank, farmer, Home farm

Brightman Charles S. Gery Arms P.H.

Wade-Gery Richard farmer, Bushmead



Courtney Harold G. Shackleford M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.

Allgood John, Anchor P.H.

Ball Albert, farm bailiff to Herbert Edward Squire esq

Daniels Glenfield George, farmer, Manor farm

Freshwaters Charles William smallholder

Green Albert James, miller (wind & steam) Duloe mills

Huckle William, market gardener

Peacock Ernest, farm bailiff to the exors. of Joseph Hall esq. Woodhouse


Eaton Ford

private residents

Addington John Walter, Ford house T N St. Neots 17

Addington William, Crosshall lodge

Dyble John C. Hinton lodge

Dyble Miss, Mill view

Howard Mrs.

Linford Alfred, The Firs

Machin Leonard John, The Chestnuts

Smythe Mrs. The Ford


Marked thus + farm 150 acres or over

Altrip Edward, saddler

Altrip Joseph William Barley Mow P.H.

Barnes William Edward, insurance agent

Bartram Fras. Charles market gardener

Bellamy, Brittain & Co. builders

Brittain Frank, cycle agent

Cattmull Horacve,boot repairer

Davidson Gwendoline (Miss), milliner

Eagling, Altrip (Edward), Reynolds & Co. builders, contractors, decorators &


Ekins Christopher, baker

+Frost Mark, farmer, Crosshall

Gambrell Charles, shopkeeper

Hall Alfred, market gardener

Hedge Reuben Rose & Crown P.H.

Hite Arthur William, grocer

Manning Clara (Miss), dress maker

Osborne Samuel Richard, builder

Reynolds George bee keeper

Richardson William, basket maker

St. Neots Golf Club (Thomas Rowlatt, sec.)

Sandever William, horse breaker

Squire Herbert Edward, farmer & landowner, Crosshall



+Bailey William, farmer

+Chamberlain Amos, farmer

Dawson Charles, farmer

Sheard Bertram, farmer

+Sheard William, farmer

+Thomas Robert Spencer, farmer

Wildman Edward, farmer, Tophamend (letters should be addressed to Colmworth

St. Neots)


Squire Miss, Basmead lodge

Beesley William, blacksmith

Farrer John W. farmer, The Falls

Tuckwell Sidney Herbert shopkeeper

Turner Charles Samuel, Three Horseshoes P.H.

Usher Christopher, farm bailiff to Herbert Edward Squire esq. Basmead manor


Upper Staploe

Cooper, Arthur, farmer

Infield William, beer retailer

Stewart John, beer retailer



Spencer Thomas

Squire John Bernard, North house

Webb Arthur, Manor farm


Addington John Walter, farmer

+Addington William L. farmer Forty farm

Cooper Arthur, shopkeeper

Cussans Ernest, motor engineer

Elliot Benjamin, farmer, Dove house

Frost Mark, farmer, The Rookery

Grant John, beer retailer

Haynes Jacob, farmer

Jeffery Thomas, market gardener

Maudlin Charles, farmer

Paxton Joseph, grocer, Post office

Payne Thomas, blacksmith, Ilford ho

Peet Clement, beer retailer (St. Neots address)

Richards John, market gardener

Sharman George, farmer, Coxfield (St. Neots address)

Smith Frederick, carpenter

Squire John Bernard, poultry breeder, North house

Webb Arthur, farmer Manor farm

+Wilkerson James farmer