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OAKLEY: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1866.

[Transcribed information from The Imperial Gazatteer of England & Wales, 1866-9]

"OAKLEY, a parish and a village in the district and county of Bedford. The village stands on the river Ouse, near the Midland railway, 4 miles NW of Bedford; was damaged in 1823, in Nov. 1852, and at other times, by heavy floods; and has a post-office under Bedford, a station on the railway, and a very old five-arched bridge over the Ouse. The parish comprises 1,740 acres. Real property, £2,834. Pop., 443. Houses, 94. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Duke of Bedford. Oakley hounds take their name from the parish, but are kennelled at Milton. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of Bromham, in the diocese of Ely. The church is ancient but good; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower. There is an endowed school with £35 a-year."

[Description(s) transcribed by Craig Pickup ©2002]