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villages of the Hundred Area map
The villages of the Higham Ferrers Hundred
Map showing the area around the county boundary

In the course of our work, we have been offered, or already have in our 'Rushden Research' archive, some indexes, photographs and documents relating to nearby villages. The old administration area to which Rushden belongs was the Higham Ferrers Hundred, consisting of 14 parishes. Our first major project was to index the 1901 census, and we completed this for the whole Hundred in 2004. The remaining small parishes will be covered, to a lesser degree, under this Villages section. Several indexes cover all these parishes, except Rushden, Chelveston, Newton Bromswold and Higham Park which all have dedicated sections.

We also have a little information for the Bedfordshire parishes which share the county boundary with Rushden, or are close by. Like Chelveston, both Podington and Melchbourne saw Americans based there in WWII. The men came into all the villages and many friendships were made with local families. Rushden being the largest town in the area drew many of the men there for their leisure time, where there were pubs and cinemas and dances. In return the Americans would also put on events when they would invite local people to their camps. Some local girls married their GIs and went to live in America. We'd be pleased to add stories and photographs that you would like to share. The village of Yelden has a dedicated section.

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Higham Ferrers Hundred Parishes

Indexes Covering Several Parishes
Bozeat, Strixton & Easton Maudit

Brief Village Histories & Trade Directories Index
Census 1841-1901
Census Statistics Chelveston (dedicated section)
Commerce Index
Fires Ditchford (dedicated section)
Higham Ferrers Hundred Index
Inquests Index (Northampton reports)
News Clips Hargrave
Obituaries Index Index
Parish Registers
Higham Ferrers
Higham Park (dedicated section)
People Index
Wills Index
Inhabitants 1590s Irchester (includes hamlets of Knuston & Farndish)
Freeholders 1605 Index
Alehouse Recognizances 1630
Civil War Money 1643 Newton Bromswold (dedicated section)
Poll Books 1702:1705:1730:1748:1806 Index
Dates and Abbreviations
Hearth Tax Raunds
Militia Lists Index
Northampton Hospital 1744-1773
Window Tax 1750 Ringstead
Gamekeepers Index
Badgers Licences (traders)
Hair Powder Certificates 1796/7 Stanwick
Presentments 1693-1790 Index
Prisoners - Calendars
Quarter Sessions Cases Wollaston
Land Tax 1801 Index
Land & Property Sales
Fitzwilliam Estate Papers - catalogue
Shoe & Leather - 1916 Bedfordshire Parishes
Shoe Trade - see under Rushden Hinwick, Knotting, Melchbourne,
Rules of East Northants Co-op 1944 Podington & Wymington
War Memorials Index Page Index
Wartime - WWII Enlistments
Yelden (dedicated section)
Weather (under Rushden)
Wool Fair 1909
Workhouse Births Other Counties
Workhouse Deaths
Absent Voters 1927 + 1933 Covington HUN 1901 Census
Wills at NRO - for BDF, BKM & HUN

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