[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"COPLE, a parish in the hundred of Wixamtree, in the county of Bedford, 4
miles south east of Bedford, its post town and railway station. It is situated on
a branch of the river Ouse. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of
Ely, value £215, in the patronage of Christ Church, Oxford. The church,
dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient square structure, and contains
brasses and monuments from 1380. Here is a free school, chiefly supported
by the Duke of Bedford, who is lord of the manor, and has a large mansion
here. It was here that Butler wrote part of his "Hudibras." Cope Hall was
lately the residence of the Earl of Ludlow."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
"WATER END, a hamlet in the parish of Cople, county of Bedfordshire,
1 mile south of Cople."
by Colin Hinson ©2003
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
All Saints Church, Cople, supposedly one of the most beautiful Churches in Bedfordshire. What a pity they're hiding it behind the trees!
All Saints Church, Cople. (View 2).
- Church of England
The church of All Saints is an interesting edifice of sandstone and Dunstable clunch, in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel with side chapels, nave with clerestory, aisles, south porch and a tower containing 5 bells: on the north side of the chancel is an altar-tomb of Purbeck marble, to the Luke family, and on the south side a similar one to the Grey family: there are many brasses: the nave and chancel have been restored since 1877, at a cost of £1,000, and in 1890 a new east window was erected, at a cost of over £380. The register dates from the year 1560.
[Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- A description of
All Saints Parish Church and its history can be found on the Cople Village website.
- The BFHS Project in conjunction with Roll of Honour contains the
Cople War Memorial transcription with details of the men found on it.
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