[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"BLETSOE, a parish in the hundred of Willey, in the county of Bedford, 6 miles to the north west of Bedford, its post town. It lies on the banks of the river Ouse, and was the site of a castle belonging, in the 14th century, to the Pateshulls and Beauchamps. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, of the value of £316, in the patronage of Lord St. John, of Bletsoe. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. It contains the tombs of the St. John family, with monuments to Sir John St. John, and Frances, Countess of Bolingbroke. The remains of the ancient seat of the Lords St. John, of Bletsoe, is now a farmhouse. The parochial charities produce about £13 per annum."
"BOURNE END, a hamlet in the parish of Bletsoe, county of Bedfordshire, 2½ miles north of Bletsoe."
"NORTH END, a hamlet in the parish of Bletsoe, county of Bedfordshire, 1 mile north of Bletsoe."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013