[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"HOUGHTON-CONQUEST, a parish in the hundred of Redbornstoke, county Bedford,
3 miles north of Ampthill, its post town, and 6 south of Bedford. It is a small
agricultural village, with some remains of the old seat of the Conquests,
in which they received James L in 1605. The mansion was first erected by
Sydney's sister, from a design in the "Arcadia;" it was afterwards altered
by Inigo Jones for the Earl of Ailesbury, and subsequently by Chambers for
the Duke of Bedford. The living is a rectory* annexed to that of Houghton
Gildable, in the diocese of Ely, value £828, in the patronage of St. John's
College, Cambridge. The church, dedicated to St. James, has a tower
containing six bells. It was thoroughly restored in 1845, and contains a
monument to Dr. Zachary Grey, editor of "Hudibras," and a commentator on
Shakspeare. The charities produce about £86 per annum, of which £68 goes to
Clarke's school and almshouses. Houghton Park is situated a short distance
S.W. of the village, but the famous mansion of the earls of Elgin and
Ailesbury is now destroyed. The Duke of Bedford is lord of the manor."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
"CHAPEL END, a small hamlet in the parish of Houghton Conquest, in county Bedfordshire,
1 mile north east of Houghton Conquest."
"DUCK END, a hamlet in the parish of Houghton Conquest, in county Bedfordshire,
½ mile north west of Houghton Conquest."
"HAWHILLS, a hamlet in the parish of Houghton Conquest, in county Bedfordshire,
1½ mile south east of Houghton Conquest."
"HOW END, a hamlet in the parish of Houghton Conquest, in county Bedfordshire,
1½ mile south west of Houghton Conquest."
by Colin Hinson ©2003
- All Saints Church, Houghton Conquest.
- Church of England
The church of All Saints is a spacious and elegant structure, chiefly in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled tower of the Decorated period, containing 6 bells: it was restored in 1870 by the late Sir G. Gilbert Scott R.A. : the stained east window, erected in 1880 by the late Very Rev. John Burgon M.A. Dean of Chichester (d. 1888) is a memorial to three benefactors, Eliza Hargrave and Mary and Sarah Windle; the walls of the aisles bear traces of frescoes, the designs of which are in some parts sufficiently distinct to be distinguished: over the north doorway is a huge painting of St. Christopher, of the 15th century : on the north wall of the chancel is a monument of carved alabaster consisting of a species of framework in which is set the figure of Dr. Archer, rector, 1579-1620, in the act of exhortation, with book in hand, and partially resting upon a cushion; attached is a partially effaced inscription in Latin; he died in 1620: there is also an
altar slab to Dame Ann Clearke, 1644; and two brasses to members of the Conquest family. The register dates from the year 1595. The parish registers of Houghton Conquest, 1539-188, are in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, having been purchased in 1884.
[Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- There is a Wesleyan chapel, erected in 1878 ; the old chapel, built in 1833, is now used as a schoolroom.
[Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898
- The BFHS Project in conjunction with Roll of Honour contains the
Houghton Conquest War Memorial transcription for WW1 and WW2 with details of the men found on it
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