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NORTHILL

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

"NORTHILL, a parish in the hundred of Wixamtree, county Bedford, 3 miles N.W. of Biggleswade, its post town. The village, which is small, is situated on the road from Biggleswade to Bedford, and near the river Ivel. It is chiefly agricultural, but straw-plaiting and lace-making are carried on to a small extent. The parish comprises the hamlets of Upper and Lower Caldicott:, Brook End, Hatch, Budna, Thorncote, and Ickwell. The soil is gravel, and the greater part of the land arable, with a small proportion of pasture. The tithes were commuted for land and corn rents under two separate Acts of Enclosure towards the close of the last century. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Ely, value £395, in the patronage of the Grocers' Company, London. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, has a square tower containing five bells, and was made collegiate in the reign of Henry IV., but dissolved by Edward VI. It has a stained-glass E. window, and some old stalls. The parochial charities produce about £55 per annum, with a share in H. Smith's charity. There is a National school for both sexes. John Harvey, Esq., of Ickwell Bury, is lord of the manor, and impropriator of part of the rectorial tithes."

"BEESTON, (or Besston Green) a hamlet in the parishes of Northill and Sandy, hundred of Wixamtree, in the county of Bedford, 2 miles to the north west of Biggleswade. It is near the Sandy station of the Great Northern railway.

"BROOK END, a hamlet in the parish of Northill, hundred of Wixamtree, in the county of Bedford, 3 miles to the north west of Biggleswade."

"BUDNA, a hamlet in the parish of Northill, hundred of Wixamtree, county Bedford, 3 miles north west of Biggleswade."

"HATCH, a hamlet in the parish of Northill, hundred of Wixamtree, county Bedford, 3 miles north west of Biggleswade, and 48 from Loddon."

"ICKWELL, a hamlet in the parish of Northill, hundred of Wixamtree, county Bedford, 3 miles west north west of Biggleswade."

"ICKWELL GREEN, a hamlet in the parish of Northill, hundred of Wixamtree, county Bedford, 3 miles north west of Biggleswade. Ickwell Green is a meet for the Cambridgeshire hounds."

"THORNCOTE GREEN, a hamlet in the parish of Northill, hundred of Wixamtree, county Bedford, 3 miles north west of Biggleswade. It is joined with Brookend and Hatch to form a township.

"UPPER CALDECOTE, (and Lower Caldecote) a hamlet in the parish of Northill, hundred of Wixamtree, in the county of Bedford, 1 mile to the north west of Biggleswade. It is near the Great Northern railway.

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

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