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HOUGHTON-REGIS

[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"HOUGHTON-REGIS, a parish in the hundred of Manshead, county Bedford, 1 mile N. of Dunstable, its post town, and 5 miles north west of Luton. The village, which is considerable, is situated near the Roman road Watling Street. The parish comprises the hamlets of Bedwell, Puddlehill, Sewell, and Thorn. Houghton-Regis formerly belonged to the crown. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in straw plaiting and in agriculture. The tithes were commuted for land and a money payment under an Enclosure Act, in 1796. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £250. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient structure, with a square tower containing six bells. The interior of the church contains several monuments, also effigies of a knight, and two brasses of priests. The charities produce about 960 per annum, of which £50 goes to Whitehead's free school. The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists, and Baptists have places of worship. Houghton House, which is situated near the green, is the principal residence. The Duke of Bedford is lord of the manor."

"BIDWELL, a hamlet in the parish of Houghton Regis, county of Bedfordshire, ½ mile north of Houghton Regis."

"EAST END, a hamlet in the parish of Houghton Regis, county of Bedfordshire, ¼ mile north east of Houghton Regis."

"PUDDLEHILL, (now Chalk Hill) a hamlet in the parish of Houghton Regis, county of Bedfordshire, 1 mile west of Houghton Regis.

"SEWELL, a hamlet in the parish of Houghton Regis, county of Bedfordshire, 1¼ mile west south west of Houghton Regis."

"THORN, a hamlet in the parish of Houghton Regis, county of Bedfordshire, 1 mile north west of Houghton Regis."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2003

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