Geographical and Historical information from the year 1898.
[Transcribed information from Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire - 1898]
"COTTON END, in the parish of Cardington, here is a large Baptist chapel, re-built by subscription in 1836, and seating about 600 persons. A Sunday School with large class rooms was erected in 1894, and is also used for parish purposes. Forster's charity, of £30 yearly, derived from land here, is distributed in two sums of £25 to this district and £5 to Cardington. Pillow lace was formerly made here, but this handicraft is now almost extinct. Samuel Whitbread esq. D.L., J.P. of Southill Park is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is clay ; subsoil, gravel and clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley, beans and turnips. The area is 2,802 acres land and 14 of water ; rateable value, £3,712 ; the population in 1891 was 830."
"EASTCOTTS, (formerly Eascotts) a parish comprising three hamlets, viz. : FENLAKE and NEW FENLAKE, one mile south-east from Bedford ; HARROWDEN, one mile and a half south-east, on a feeder of the river Ouse, and COTTON END, 3 miles south-east, all on or near the road from Bedford to Hitchin : it is in the Northern division of the county, hundred of, Wixamtree, and petty sessional division, union and county court district of Bedford. The parish is ecclesiastically annexed to Cardington."
[Description(s) transcribed by Martin Edwards ©2003 and later edited by Colin Hinson ©2013]
[from Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]