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MAULDEN

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

"MAULDEN, a parish in the hundred of Redbornestoke, county Bedford, 1 mile S.E. of Ampthill, its post town, and 9 miles south of Bedford. The village is bounded on the east by a small stream which flows into the Ivel. It is chiefly agricultural, but some of the women are employed in the manufacture of straw plait and lace. The greater part of the land is arable, the remainder pasture, with about 250 acres of woodland and plantations. There are quarries of sandstone. The tithes were commuted for land and corn-rents under an Enclosure Act in 1796. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value £438. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, was erected at different periods between the 13th and 15th centuries, and was entirely restored in 1837. It has a tower containing five bells. The interior of the church contains a brass bearing date 1594, and the tomb of Lady Elgin, called the "Lady in the Punch-bowl." The living was formerly held by Pomfret, the poet. The parochial charities produce about £57 per annum, of which 110 goes to the school. There is a school for both sexes in connection with the church. Tho Independents have a place of worship. The Duke of Bedford is lord of the manor."

"BREACH, in the parish of Maulden, county of Bedfordshire, ¼ mile west of Maulden."

"DUCK END, in the parish of Maulden, county of Bedfordshire, ½ mile west of Maulden."

"GREEN END, in the parish of Maulden, county of Bedfordshire, ¾ mile east of Maulden."

"HALL END, in the parish of Maulden, county of Bedfordshire, 1¼ miles east of Maulden."

"LIMBERSEY, in the parish of Maulden, county of Bedfordshire, 1½ mile north of Maulden."

"SNOWHILL, in the parish of Maulden, county of Bedfordshire, ½ mile west of Maulden."

"WATER END, in the parish of Maulden, county of Bedfordshire, 1 mile east south east of Maulden."

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

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