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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
Ditchford (dedicated section)
Higham Ferrers Hundred Hargrave
Inquests Index (Northampton reports) Index
News Clips
Obituaries Index Higham Ferrers
Parish Registers Index
Higham Park (dedicated section)
People - see more under Rushden Irchester (includes hamlets of Knuston & Farndish)
Shoe Trade - see under Rushden Index
Wills Index
Dates and Abbreviations Newton Bromswold (dedicated section)
These indexes listed in date order: Index
Medieval Inquests
Inhabitants 1590s Raunds
Freeholders 1605 Index
Alehouse Recognizances 1630
Civil War Money 1643 Ringstead
Presentments 1693-1790 Index
Poll Books 1702:1705:1730:1748:1806
Hearth Tax Stanwick
Militia Lists Index
Northampton Hospital 1744-1773
Window Tax 1750 Wollaston
Gamekeepers Index
Badgers Licences (traders)
Hair Powder Certificates 1796/7 see also: Bell Ringing in the local area
Prisoners - Calendars
Quarter Sessions Cases
Fitzwilliam Estate Papers - catalogue
Land Tax 1801 Bedfordshire Parishes
Land & Property Sales
Assoc. for Prosecution of Felons 1810 Hinwick, Knotting, Melchbourne,
War Memorials Index Page Podington & Wymington
Wartime - WWII Enlistments Index
Absent Voters 1927 + 1933 Yelden (dedicated section)
Naturalisation Certificates Index
Rules of East Northants Co-op 1944
Weather (under Rushden)
Other Counties
Wool Fair 1909
Workhouse Births Covington HUN 1901 Census
Workhouse Deaths Wills at NRO - for BDF, BKM & HUN

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