Geographical and Historical information from the year 1898.
[Transcribed information from Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire - 1898]
"LEAGRAVE, in the ecclesiastical parish of Limbury-cum-Biscot, (which was in the parish of Luton), is a civil parish formed in 1896, 3 miles north-west and one mile south-east from Limbury, with a station on the main line of the Midland Railway. Near the village is Leagrave Marsh, whence springs the River Lea, which flows through Luton, Wheathampstead, Hertford and other towns.
Madame de Falbe is lady of the manor; John Cumberland esq. J.P. is the principal landowner. The area is 1,137 acres; rateable value, £6,384; the population in 1891 was 600."
"LIMBURY-CUM-BISCOT, (or Bishopscote) a village and parish, 2½ miles north-west from Luton stations on the Midland and Great Northern railway, and is in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Flitt, Luton union; petty sessional division and county court district, and in the rural deanery of Luton, archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Ely. The hamlets of Limbury-cum- Biscot and Leagrave were in 1866 formed into the ecclesiastical parish of Holy Trinity, Biscot, and in 1896, under the provisions of section I (3) of the 'Local Government Act, 1894 (56 and 57 Vict. c. 73), they became separate civil parishes.
Francis Crawley esq. and Mr. Crosse are the principal landowners. Here is a small Baptist chapel. Here was once a nunnery, founded by Roger, abbot of St. Albans, and dedicated to the Holy Trinity, which, at its dissolution, was valued at £143. Several skeletons have been found in this hamlet. The area is 2,454 acres; rateable value, £5,106; the population of the civil parish in 1891 was 404, and of the ecclesiastical parish, 1,004."
[Description(s) transcribed by Martin Edwards ©2003 and later edited by Colin Hinson ©2013]
[from Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]