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Places > Wilden

15th Century: The church dates from this century but a decorated window in the south wall of the nave survives from an earlier church.

1600: Francis Dillingham was Rector of Wilden from 1600-1624/25 and a translator of the Authorised Version of the Bible.

1624: Thomas Peat gave land to endow a school.

1806: Baptist Church opened.

1811: Wilden Enclosure Act.

1836: The Chequers Public House licensed.

1837: Major church restoration at a cost of 260.

1847: The Victoria Public House licensed.

1852: The village school opened. 

1902: The church was re-seated, re-roofed and re-floored at a cost of 550.

1999: New Village Hall costing 140,000 opened on Saturday January 30th (Bedfordshire Times 22nd January).

1999: Bedford Butterfly Park opened in May.

Sources :

  • Newspaper articles in The Local Studies Library at Bedford Central Library.
  • Victoria County History of Bedfordshire 3 Vols. 1912.
  • PICKFORD, Christopher  Bedfordshire Churches in the 19th Century Vol.79 Bedfordshire Historical Record Society. 2000.
  • RIDER, M.  Wilden : a history of the parish of Wilden in the County of Bedfordshire.  1995.

Page last updated: 4th February 2014