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Mend hum, M. A. rector
Saint Mark's, Haynes — Rev. Edward

Brook Bridg;es, M. A. vicar
Saint Mary's, Marslon-Morefaine

Rev. Thomas 'I'ylecote, B. A. rectnr
Saint Michaf.l's, Milbrook — Rev. Hy.

R. Smythe, rector
Saint 1'kter's. Flitwiek— Rev. William

A. Dawson, vicar
Saint Pktf.r's & Saint Paul's, Cran-
field— Rev.Geoige Gardner Harter,M.A.

rector

DISSENTING CHAPELS.
B\ptist, Maulden
Indkpkndbnt, Ampthill — Rev. William

C. Robinson
Friend's Mrf.tinc House, Ampthill
Weslryan Methodists, Ampthill j

Maulden, and Lidlington

POOR LAW UNION.

Workhouse, Dnnstable road.

A/ff.'j/er— Thomas Dawson
Matron — Elizabeth Dawson
Chaplain — Rev. William Green
Schoolmistress — Mary Ann Pope
Cierk to the Guaniinus— J oha Marshall

REGISTRARS,

OF BIRTHS, DEATHS & MARRIAGES.

Stiperinfen'leiit Registrar, Gsorge Robin-
son, Albion place

Registrar of marriages, Edward Hands-
comb. Woburn street

Registrar of births and deaths, John
Marshall, Chnrch street

RAILW^AY.

The nearest Stat. on to Ampthill is the
Makston, three miles distant, on the
Bedford and Bletchi.ey Branch of
the London and North- Western Rail.
way — John Cooper, Station Master
CARRIERS.

To LONDON, Benjamin Gilbert, fiom
his house Wilshampslead, every Tues.

To BEDFORD, William Field, from
Hog hill daily, and Willium Walker,
from the King's Arms, every Wednes-
day and Saturday.



BEDFORD,

WITH THE PARISHES AND VILLAGES OF ELSTOW, GOLDINGTON, CARDINGTON, BIDDEN

HAM, CLAPHA.M, BROiMHAM, KEMP.STON, OAKLEY, STEVINGTON, WOOTTOJS AND
_^ NEIGHBOURHOODS.

JOEDFORD is a borough both corporate and parlia-
nietitaiy, having separate jurisdiction ; it is the county
town nnd the most considerable in the shire, both as
ri^spects size and population; situated 51 miles N. from
Loiidnn (63 by rail) : it is connected with the London
and North Western lailway by means of the Bletchley
brancii, and thus a conimuiiicatioi) is opened up by tail



with the metiopolis and also the Nortbern districts
The town, which is st-aied in the midst of the rich tract
of laiul called 'the Vale ol Redford,' extends along both
banks of the river Ouse, which is crossed by an elegant
stone biidgeof live arches, constructed in 1813; its
predecessor was tenernble, both in aspect and years.
The principal street is a mile in length, inteisected bv
smaller ones, at right angles, and all are well paved
and gas-lighted. Great improvements have been effec-
ted during the last few years in new buildings and
otherwise — amonc the latter the New Corn Exchange —
liandsoine and rommodious, situated on Market hill,
stands conspicuous. Bedford is a place of respectable
trade, but in aianufactures circumscribed, the making
of pillow lace being the principal branch. Bricks and
tiles are made in coii>i{!erable quantities, and much
liuie is hniiit in the neishbouihood. There are two
iron and brass foundries, seveial corn mills, malt-
iiigs and lirrvveiies, and a tolerable trade is carried nn
in coal and tiiiib( r by river carriage — the Ouse being
navigable for barees from hence to Lviin, on the Ger-
man Ocean. There aie some good inns heie; the
'George,' in High street, is an excellent commercial
house, and posting establishment.



Bedford was incorporated in the 23id of Edward I.
under the title of ' the Boi ouyh and I'own of Hedford ; '
at which pel iod the elective franchise was bestowed,
and it then, as now, returned two members ; the pre-
sent are, Henry Stuart, Esq. Kempston, in this county,
and 18, Hill street Berkeley square, London ; and Sir
Harry V^erney, Bart. Claydoii Hall, and 9, St. James'
place, London. A char'ei' of incorporation wasgiauted
to Bedford by Charles II, and under this the borough
was governed until the Municipal Act, passed in 1835,
vested the jurisdiction in a mayor, six aldermen and
eighteen cnunciliors, with a town clerk and assistant
officers — the corporate body being styled 'the Mayor
and Burgesses of the town of Bedford : ' the same act
divided the town into two waids, and granted to it a
commission of the peace. The borough magistrates
have jurisdiction of all criminal ofTences committed
within tl;e lown and borough. The assizes are held in
lent and midsummer in the shire hall, as are the quarter
sessions for the town and county, and a County Court—
the latter is held monthly under the new act (parsed
August, 1846), foi the recoveiy of debts to any amount
nut exceeding £20. At the coronation of Jiiiues II, in
1685, the Earl of Exeter, Sir George Bhindel, and
Tliomas Snaggs, Esq. 'as seised of several parts of ihe
iiiirony of Bedford, respectively cla'med to execute the
office of almoner; and claimed, as the fees of that office,
to have the >ilver alms-basin, and the distribuiion of all
the alms therein, nnd of the cl^th spread for their
majesties to walk on, as also ibe fine linen towel and a
tun of wine : the king appointed the earl pro hac vice.



23ctrfoilri5i)ire.



BEDFORD, &c.



;i)latcr^ja;



with -ASnlvu jure to tlie other two clairaaiits; but the
silver dish, and the cloth fioiu the throne to the west
rloor of tlie ahhey, only were allowed as fees.' The
harony of Bedford is now possessed jointly by the Duke
of Bedford, the Marquessof Exeter, and William Henry
AVhitbrt-ad, ICsq.

'llie five pai ishes into which the town is divided are,
Saint i^iui's, in the patronai^e of I^ord John Thynne ;
Saint Cutiibci t's and Saint Pett r's Martin, in the gift
of ihe Crq., Crescent
Skevin);tonMis.I'>lizal)itli,Si John st
Small Mis. Dorolhv, Priory terrace
Smith FievBcitelt-rCheiiiorke.Oakley
Smith .Mrs. Frances, High st
Smiih Capt. John, KimbolioiiHouse
Smith Mis. Oliver, Haipiii place
Spaiiinv .Mr>. Aniie, Haipiir place
.Siieet Mr. )aine«, Hairnwden
Stuait Cot. Ceoig", Albert terrace
Stuart Henry, K>-i\., m.p., Ktiiipston
Tale John, Esq , Albi it terrace
ThomasMiss*:aiuli,St. {'aiii's scjuare
'riiompsoiiRu hard, Esq. Bed (""rd terr
Tliorp ll.ibert Es(|., St. John st
TovMisend Mis Eliz., St. Peter .st
Tn vor Hoiible. George Rice, m. p.,

Biomham [Harpnr place

'I'rollope Captain George li., k. n.,
V'erej Heiii y, l'-M|.,BrnnihHmCottage
Warner Capt. |{ich(l.\'Jctoiia terrace
U'eale liobert, Esi).. St. Peter st
WelN .Mis. Mary, '^avi^tock st
Wells'i'hos. Em). the Barns. Feiilake
Wliithnad Samuel Chaile-, Es(j.,

Howard \'illa, Cardinuton
Williams iUv. John Hamilton, vicar-

agi', Kt nip^ton
William son the Misses — ,Kempstoii
Wi|sonl



Online LibraryI. (Isaac) SlaterSlater's royal national and commercial directory and topography of the counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, and Suffolk : comprising classi → online text (page 3 of 131)