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AMPTHILL: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1750.

[Transcribed information from Stephen Whatley's Gazetteer of England - 1750]
(unless otherwise stated)

"AMPHTHILL, (Bedfordshire) 36 cm. and 43 mm. from London, bet. the roads from thence to Buckingham and Royston, is a pretty T. almost in the heart of the Co. bet. two hills. In the R. of Hen. VI. a large mansion house was built in a park, at the E. end of it, by Sir John Cornwal, out of the spoils he had taken in France. It being afterwards forfeited, it was annexed to the crown by Hen. VIII. when Q. Cath. retired hither upon her divorce. It was given by K. Ch. II. to Robert, Ld Bruce, who, when created E. of Alesbury, had his title of Visc. from hence, and was made hereditary high steward of the hounour of Amphthill; but the whose estate was, not many years ago, purchased by the D. of Bedford. Here is a ch. s. a hos. founded by Mr. Stone, principal of New-Inn-Hall, Oxford, for 10 poor men. Here are Fairs, April 23, Good Friday, Novem, 29, St. Anne's, and Corpus Christi-day. Mt. on Tu."

[Description(s) transcribed by Mel Lockie ©2011]