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St Peter, Battlesden, Bedfordshire

(51°57′7″N, 0°36′21″W)
SP 959 291
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Bedfordshire
now Bedfordshire
  • Hazel Gardiner

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Feature Sets

A small aisleless church with a W tower. The nave is the earliest part of the church, dating from the last quarter of the 13thc. The chancel is early 14thc. and the tower is 15thc. There are some 16thc. and 17thc. alterations and some modern restoration. Late 12thc. sculpture is found on the simply carved font.


The Domesday Survey does not mention a church at Battlesden. Walter Giffard, William the Chamberlain and Azelina, wife of Ralph Tallboys held land in Battlesden at 1086. There are no records of the advowson until 1280, when it was held by Ralph Passelewe.





Domesday Book: Bedfordshire, Ed. J. Morris, Chichester, 1977, 16, 2; 40, 2; 55, 1.

The Victoria County History: A History of the County of Bedford, London, 1912, 3:343–5.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Bedfordshire and the County of Huntingdon and Peterborough, London, 1968, 45.