[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"HENLOW, a parish in the hundred of Clifton, county Bedford, 2½ miles south-east
of Shefford, its post town, 4½ south west of Biggleswade, and 4 from Hitchin by
the Midland railway, on which it is a station. It is a small village
situated on the river Ivel. Some of the inhabitants are engaged in the
manufacture of straw plait. The land is chiefly arable, with a small
proportion of meadow and pasture. The surface is flat, and the soil chiefly
a strong clayey loam, with sand in parts. The tithes were commuted for land
and corn rents under an Act of Enclosure in 1795. The living is a vicarage
in the diocese of Ely, value £265, in the patronage of the lord chancellor.
The church, a stone structure with a tower, is dedicated to St. Mary. The
parochial charities produce about £8 per annum. Henlow Grange is the
principal residence. There are two parochial schools, one for boys and the
other for girls."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
"NEW TOWN, a hamlet in the parish of Henlow, county of Bedfordshire,
½ north of Henlow."
by Colin Hinson ©2003
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- The following Churches have their own websites:
- Church of England
The church of St. Mary, which is very picturesquely situated, is an edifice of stone, chiefly in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, south porch., and a fine and massive embattled western tower contaming 5 bells: there are several marble tablets to members of the Edwards family from 1693 to 1840, and memorials to the families of Buckby, Raynsford, Oades, Bedford and Freeman. The register dates from the year 1558.
[Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
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